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Young-Kyung Min
B EDUC 391
Bothell Campus

Special Topics in Education

Explores perspectives on educational policy and practice.

Class description

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, language ideology, language socialization, second language writing, intercultural literacy, and contrastive rhetoric.

Student learning goals

-To become aware of language ideology and language socialization as areas of inquiry

-To understand how the issues of identity, ideology, and power are fundamentally connected to the use of English

-To identify varieties of English in use around the world

-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

Recommended preparation

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


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Young-Kyung Min
Date: 10/14/2013