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Designed to help future teachers and educators understand the aspects of language and linguistic principles that underlie oral and written language development, and how this knowledge is relevant to teaching.
The ability to communicate effectively continues to be significantly valuable. Even as our lives and societies transition towards technological advancements and dependence, the importance of expressing ideas and thoughts remain. In fact, it has increased. Where most of the communication will take place through limited human interaction, the importance of clear and powerful words, and compelling stories will be felt greatly.
Moreover, language has to do with more than just communication; strong linguistic development is an essential building block towards developing the ability to learn. This course on language and literacy touches upon the different hypothesis and theories on language development but also dives deep into the phonetics, words, and morphology, sentence structure, and process through syntax and other branches of language. It is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the structure and other foundational aspects important for English language learners.
The course will explore the relevance of language as the students will cover the relationship between reading, speaking, writing and listening, language acquisition, language as cultural identity, and under different sociological influences. Here the different dialects are reviewed with an analysis of African American Vernacular English (AAVE). Most important is the practical application of the linguistics theories in classrooms, for the development of curriculum and literacy instruction that is effective and addresses the learning needs.
Using linguistic principles, students learn ways to use this information to support literacy and oral language development for elementary and secondary school students. Emphasis is on a thorough, research-based understanding of phonology, morphology, orthography, semantics, syntax, and pragmatics. Issues of linguistic diversity and second language learning are addressed.
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- Understanding Language, Literacy and Thought
- Understanding English Phonetics
- Understanding Language Variation and American Dialects
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Lucie Wisco, M.Ed., M.A.Lucie has a Masters in Education and Psychology, English Language and Literature from Masaryk University
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