E 376L • Linguistic and Sociolinguistic Issues in Education
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Previously offered as E 376L (Topic: English Linguistics for Teachers and Other Citizens).
As the title suggests, this course is intended to introduce prospective English teachers to important issues in language and education. Since all citizens have a stake in public education, however--and since all of us bear responsibility for our community's schools--any student interested in school and language issues is welcome. As a class, we will consider both biological and social aspects of language acquisition. We will also look at topics such as non-standard dialects in the classroom and the education of bilingual children, examining current concerns in historical perspective.
Issues we will cover are:
Becoming a Native Speaker: Nature AND Nurture
Standard American English: Perspective From the Classroom
Regional and Social Class Dialects in Education: Nurturing Or Effacing Identity
Vernacular as Bridge or Barrier: Afro-American Vernacular English and the Ebonics Controversy
Bilingual Speech Communities and U.S. Education: 18th-21st Centuries
Four short (2-3 page) position papers (with drafts) 40%
Peer response assignments 10%
Research project: 8-10 page paper or Web site (with topic proposal and draft) 30%
End-of-semester oral presentation based on research project 20%
Other texts to be announced