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Antony T Smith
B EDUC 510
Bothell Campus

Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners

Helps teachers meet the educational and linguistic needs of students with diverse needs or limited English language skills. Emphasizes instructional strategies consistent with a variety of approaches to curriculum adaptation and second-language learning. Examines strategies for classroom adaptation.

Class description

This course is designed to help teachers meet the educational and linguistic needs of students with diverse needs or limited English language skills. Emphasis is on instructional strategies consistent with a variety of approaches to curriculum adaptation and second-language learning. We will also examine strategies for classroom application. This course is one in the series offered for the reading endorsement as part of the M.Ed. program.

Student learning goals

1: Language. Know, understand, and use the major concepts, theories, and research related to the nature and acquisition of language to construct learning environments that support ESOL students’ language and literacy development and content-area achievement.

2: Culture. Know, understand, and use the major concepts, theories, and research related to the nature and structure of culture to construct learning environments that support ESOL students’ language and literacy development and content-area achievement.

3: Instruction. Know, understand, and use standards-based practices and strategies related to planning, implementing, and management of ESL and content instruction, including classroom organization, teaching strategies for developing and integrating language skills, and choosing and adapting classroom resources.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

The course is designed for substantial student participation. In addition to using a variety of resources to provide a basis for common knowledge, students will work in groups to explore the issues that are raised. Course grades will be based on assignments listed below. Criteria for each assignment will be distributed during class. Strong work is indicated by careful analysis of text, scholarly treatment of the issues, and substantial participation in class discussions. Prompt and regular attendance is expected. If you know in advance that you’ll miss a session, or if you anticipate any difficulty in meeting assigned due dates, it is important that you contact me immediately. Please proofread—by having someone else read your papers—prior to handing in written work.

Coursework elements: 1. Participation: Read course readings before class; Discuss readings and issues in class; Participate in writing group conferences in class and online 2. ELL student profile 3. Lesson and reflection


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 Antony T Smith
Date: 03/02/2012