Dec 02, 2022  
Fitchburg State University 2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    
Fitchburg State University 2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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EDUC 7044H - Theory and Practice of Acquiring a Second Language


3 cr. Elective
This course provides participants with an introduction to the field of second language acquisition (SLA) at different age and proficiency levels with a focus on factors and instructional approaches that directly impact the second language classroom. We will examine the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Proficiency Descriptors as a starting point for setting goals for English learners (Els) based on proficiency levels in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
This course will explore the structural aspects of language learning as well as the profound influence of culture, socioeconomic background, and psycho-social factors on the acquisition process - and ultimately on academic learning. This course will provide information and insights into how to differentiate instruction based on these complex factors using a range of collaborative, self-reflective, and authentic activities in relationship to the principles of second language learning.



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