B EDUC 391
Explores perspectives on educational policy and practice.
The course will look into the spread of English around the world and the current and future status of the English language. We will discuss the variety of ways in which people use and appropriate English for their own purposes in various contexts as well as the diverse beliefs and ideologies that people hold about English as a lingua franca. Students will be guided to reflect on the essentialist and ethnocentric assumptions of the notion of the native speaker of English, the ownership of English, and the Standard English. The readings in this course cover a wide spectrum of topics, which include the history of the English language, the relationship between language and culture, and the powerful influence of literacy practices on rhetorically constructed realities in our everyday lives.
Student learning goals
-To become aware of language ideology as an area of inquiry
-To cultivate a deeper understanding of rhetoric and communication across cultures
-To develop a perception of reflection as a tool of learning
-To cultivate abilities to write from personal experiences, from readings, and from research
General method of instruction
Lecture, Discussion, Presentation, Small & Large Group Activities
Do the homework assigned for each class and come to class prepared for class discussions and activities. Use your homework, reading responses, and journal entries as springboards for your writing assignments as well as for your participation in class activities.
Class assignments and grading
Participation in Class Activities, Reading Responses, Presentations, Short Writing Assignments, Final Portfolio