Language & Literacy Studies

  • SED LS 560: Introduction to Language and Language Acquisition
    Introduction to the main aspects of language and language acquisition in typical, atypical, and second language learners. Topic areas include phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, child- directed speech, the role of cognitive development, and theories of language acquisition. 4 cr.
  • SED LS 565: Applied Linguistics: Language & Linguistics Survey
    An introduction to contemporary linguistics, including phonological, morphological, and syntax theory, sociolinguistics, first- and second-language acquisition, and discourse theory. Also covers applications of various branches of linguistics to education, including issues of different cultures in the classroom and the role of language in education, and the development of literacy. 4 cr.
  • SED LS 567: Structure of English
    Linguistic analysis of English grammatical structures and pedagogical application of linguistic concepts in preparation for teaching English as a second or foreign language. ?Coursework extends implicit linguistic knowledge of English to explicit metalinguistic knowledge necessary for grammar sequencing and instruction. 4 cr.
  • SED LS 610: Applied Phonology: Strategies for Improving English Language Learners' Intelligibility
    Practical training in teaching pronunciation to improve mutual intelligibility: the ability of English language learners to understand and be understood by others. Pronunciation training is integrated within a framework of current research and latest practices. 4 cr.
  • SED LS 626: Inter-Cultural Communication: Theoretical & Methodological Approaches
    Explores the literature and theory related to the cultural factors that influence communication between individuals. The goal of the course is to present approaches that balance the study of our common humanity with the study of cultural differences. 4 cr.
  • SED LS 627: Critical Analysis of Children's and Young Adult Literature
    Overview of children's and young adult literature, including introduction to authors, illustrators, and literary genres, and exploration and discussion of distinctive portrayals (e.g., genders, cultures, ethnicities, religions). The course is intended to develop overall knowledge of texts, awareness and understanding of critical issues that surround children's and young adult literature, and an understanding of how to evaluate and select texts for use in and out of school settings. This course requires substantial reading of selected children's and young adult literature. 4 cr.
  • SED LS 629: Looking at Young Adult Literature Through Multiple Lenses: Literature, Literacy, and Learning
    Exploration of young adult literature across multiple genres, writing styles, and authors with emphasis on strategies to identify and evaluate a diverse collection of challenging and complex texts. Includes?an examination of best practices for using Young Adult texts in classroom instruction. 4 cr.
  • SED LS 658: Second Language Acquisition
    This course will provide an examination of approaches and major theories of second language acquisition (SLA). What can be observed about how people acquire a second language? How do the various SLA theories, models, and hypotheses explain each of these observations? How can an understanding of SLA theory inform language instruction? We will explore foundational theories and approaches in SLA, investigate contemporary thinking from a variety of perspectives, and discuss principles of contemporary/communicative language teaching to support students in making connections between theory and practice. 4 cr
  • SED LS 670: Multicultural Literature in the Pre-K-Grade 12 Classroom
    An in-depth study of diverse children's and young adult literature in school and community settings. Focused on recognizing high-quality, authentic, linguistically and cognitively complex texts that represent historically under- or misrepresented individuals, groups and communities. Includes modeling of research-based pedagogies to support all students' motivation, engagement, comprehension and response of proficient and struggling readers. 4 cr.
  • SED LS 690: Classroom Discourse
    Focuses on the role of discourse as a central component of teaching and learning and strategies, and strategies for building on students' linguistic and cultural backgrounds as learning assets in the learning process. Examines the types of instructional contexts, pedagogical approaches, and teacher talk moves that will support productive instructional interactions and deepen students' conceptual understanding. Includes use of video recording and transcript analysis to reflect on teacher talk in lesson planning and implementation. 4 cr.
  • SED LS 725: Discourse, Narrative, and Literacy
    An introduction to the study of discourse, narrative, and conversational analysis in spoken, signed, and written language. Relevant to students of linguistics, psychology, reading, English education, and the ethnography of speaking. Topics include topic/focus and old/new information in connected discourse, narrative and storytelling, oral and literate cultures and strategies, cross-cultural differences, language in the classroom, discourse patterns in language disorders, and the development and implication of literacy. 4cr.
  • SED LS 726: Discourse Analysis: Theoretical and Methodological Approaches
    Review of current research literature on discourse analysis; students practice and apply current methods and techniques of discourse analysis. 4 cr.
  • SED LS 727: Topical Seminar in Literacy and Language
    Focuses on one aspect of research, theory, and practice in literacy and language. Offered by visiting professors or resident faculty. Topics may include critical review of research literature in literacy and review and/or application of theory/research in literacy and language for a specific population. Var cr.
  • SED LS 762: Literacy Acquisition and Development: Addressing Strengths and Needs
    Focuses on the strengths and needs of elementary, middle, and secondary school the individual struggling/striving readers and students who experience difficulty with reading and writing in some contexts. Emphasizes effective literacy interventions practices across learning contexts, including in and out of school. Includes examination and discuss of both theoretical and practical readings. 4 cr.
  • SED LS 763: Field Experience in Literacy Education: Clinical Interventions
    Focuses on the application of research and theory to practice in clinical/tutorial instructional settings with a focus on developing and applying knowledge of best practices in literacy assessment and instruction for students who experience difficulty in reading and writing in some contexts. Participants administer and interpret results of various screening and diagnostic instruments within a tutoring context; plan and implement effective instructional practices to support areas of students' identified strengths and needs; engage in video analysis to prompt a reflective stance toward instruction and professional growth; prepare and share a final case report that summarizes assessment results and provides a detailed report of the instructional practices implemented and student progress. 2 cr.
  • SED LS 764: Roles and Responsibilities of the Literacy Specialist: Leadership, Coaching, Teaching
    Examines a variety of roles assumed by literacy specialists as they work to support student learning. Participants engage in three types of activities: observation, reflection, and analysis of an in-service literacy professional's practice; consider and discuss observed practices within the context of existing theory and research; and a plan to promote professional learning and improve literacy instruction in schools and classrooms. Field experience. Permission required. 4 cr.
  • SED LS 790: Literary Assessment to Inform Instruction
    Explores the theoretical underpinnings of literacy assessments and ways to use formal and informal assessments to identify learner's strengths and needs. Emphasizes assessment practices that are grounded in teaching interventions or "trials" that provide insight into instructional practices that support. 4 cr.
  • SED LS 792: Teaching Adolescent Readers and Writers
    Explores current theory and research regarding reading and writing processes and practices among adolescents in and out of school. Particular attention will be given to the integration of literacy instruction within content disciplines and the relevance of out-of-school literacies to in-school instruction. 4 cr.
  • SED LS 793: Field Experience in Literacy Education: School-based Intervention
    Graduate Prerequisites: SEDLS763
    The application of research and theory to practice in school-based instructional settings with a focus on developing and applying knowledge of best practices in literacy assessment and instructional intervention to their work with for students who experience difficulty in learning to read and write in some context. Participants will administer and interpret results of various screening and diagnostic instruments during individual and small group instructional contexts intervention sessions within schools. They will plan and implement effective instructional interventions based on children's identifiable areas of strengths and needs and final case report that summarizes assessment results and provides a detailed report of the instructional practices implemented intervention and student progress. Video analysis will be integrated throughout the semester to prompt a reflective stance toward instruction. Prereq: SED LS 763. 2 cr.