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Young-Kyung Min
B EDUC 591
Bothell Campus

Special Topics in Education

Class description

The English language has become the primary lingua franca in our times. This course looks into the implications of the spread of English as a global language for educational policies and practices. Students are guided to become more aware of how the spread of English as a globalization tool shapes and defines language, identity, community, and education. This course will provide a basic grounding in the terms, theories, and methods of study associated with the globalization of English as a cultural practice. 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, contrastive rhetoric, and World Englishes.

Student learning goals

-To become aware of language ideology and language socialization as an area of inquiry

-To cultivate a deeper understanding of intercultural literacy

-To become more aware of rhetoric and communication across cultures

-To cultivate abilities to write from personal experiences, from readings, and from research

-To develop a perception of reflection as a tool of learning

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: 02/25/2013