The bilingual/multicultural education program at the UConn’s Neag School encompasses professional development programs and activities that will improve classroom instruction for English language learners and assist educational personnel working with such children (including bilingual, ESL, and mainstream teachers) to meet high educational standards. This program leads to state certification in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and/or bilingual education.
The Neag School offers the following courses:
- EDCI 5700 (304): Foundations of Bilingual Education — Study of political, social, and legal aspects of bilingual education.
- EDCI 5705 (307): Curricular Issues in Bilingual Education — Current approaches, methods, and techniques with respect to curricular issues in contemporary bilingual education programs.
- EDCI 5710 (309): Special Topics in Bilingual Education — In-depth study of current topics related to bilingual education programs.
- EDCI 5715 (312): Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition — Developmental sequences and theories of first and second language acquisition.
- EDCI 5720 (313): Bilingual Education and Biliteracy — Current methods, strategies, and techniques of reading in the mother tongue (LI); transfer of reading skills into English (L2); and evaluation and adaptation of LI and L2 reading materials.
- EDCI 5890 (315): Educational Linguistic — Overview of the study of language and linguistics, and especially applied linguistics, with emphasis on their implications for the classroom teacher.
- EDCI 5750 (317): Language Diversity and Literacy — Overview of issues and debates concerning the theory and practice of literacy development for nonnative English speaking students in the United States.
- EDCI 5605 (319): Second Language Acquisition In the Elementary School — An introduction to current research related to second language acquisition in elementary school-age children, with emphasis on implications for foreign language instruction.
- EDCI 5895 (322): Language ldeology and Education — Interrelationship among language, ideology, education, and society, including examination of issues of social class, ethnicity, gender, social context, power, and politics. Also covered are literacy, language prescriptivism and standardization, language policy, and discourse in critical perspective.
- EDCI 5875 (357): Multicultural Education — Interrelationships between education and various sociocultural aspects of cultural diversity and cultural pluralism, including language acquisition and diversity.
- EDCI 5740 (360): Latinos and U.S. Education — Conditions of schooling Latinos in the U.S. educational system via a historical and economic context, including principles of second language acquisition. Policy issues and theoretical discussions of underachievement. Relationship between dominant and subordinate cultures and their effect on classroom discourses.
- EDCI 5742 (397): Sheltered English Instruction for ELL — Current approaches and techniques with respect to academic language development in sheltered environments. This course attempts to disclose the most important issues surrounding content area teaching for English Language Learners (Ells). Special attention is placed on the teaching of mathematics, science, and literacy in English for second language learners, including second language acquisition and development within the content areas.
- EDCI 5755 (404): Teaching English as a Second Language — An examination of current research on the acquisition and learning of English as a second language (ESL) in school settings. Critical Issues in the application of research on ESL to the bilingual classroom are discussed.
- EDCI 5760 (409): Research in Bilingual Education — Analysis of research in bilingual education, methods of research, and design and implementation of research studies in bilingual education. Prerequisite: EDCI 307
- EDCI 5765 (413): Assessment of Bilingualism — Principles of assessment of bilingual learners, including language proficiency and dominance, (bi) literacy development, and academic content knowledge. Current assessment approaches for bilingual learners in different contexts (e.g., bilingual, ESL classes,) and for various purposes (e.g., screening, placement, evaluation).
- EDCI 5770 (414): Advanced Issues in Bilingual Education — Critical contemporary issues and topics related to bilingual education programs in the United States. Prerequisite: EDCI 307
- EDCI 5775 (421): Advanced Issues In Second Language Acquisition — Advanced clinically-based seminar focusing on research issues and practice in second language acquisition.
- EDCI 5780 (422): Social and Political Context Bilingual Education — Advanced seminar addressing the social and political context of contemporary bilingual education programs from a critical perspective.
- EDCI 5845 (430): Seminar in International Education — Concentrated study of culture and education in a major geographical region such as Africa, Asia, or Latin America; or cross-cultural studies of educational issues.
- EDCI 6855 ( 431): Sociocultural Theories for Educators — The study of selected sociocultural theories and their application in education.
- EDCI 6860 (435): Research in Multicultural Education— Advanced study in the processes and findings of research in multicultural education.
- EDCI 5885: Critical Pedagogies
- GERM 5305/CLCS 5306: Development of Intercultural Competence in Education
Please note the change in course numbering from a 3-digit catalog number to a 4-digit catalog number. This list uses the new course numbers, with the old number in parentheses.