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2021-2022 Catalog 
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BAST 370 - Language and Culture

5 credits

Admission to the BAST program.

The focus of this course is on how language and culture are interconnected. The course explores language development as a socio-cultural activity and its implications for the English language learner. Students will be encouraged to critically analyze language in the context of education. The students will be expected to explore current debates in language and culture and examine the issues which arise for the ELL teacher and for teachers working with students from diverse linguistic backgrounds. This course will include opportunities to reflect on practicum observation.

Theory Hours
5 theory hours.

Course Outcomes
  • Gain knowledge about the interrelationship between language and culture and its effects on teaching and learning
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of strategies which incorporate cultural and linguistic diversity to ensure equity in teaching and learning
  • Understand the diversity within English language learner populations
  • Recognize and acknowledge the contributions of diverse cultural groups to our local, national, and global societies
  • Recognize potential linguistic and cultural biases of pedagogies, curricula, and assessment instruments when determining classroom practices for the English language learner
  • Explain the complexities involved in cultural identity included in the influences of assimilation, cultural pluralism, acculturation, enculturation, deculturation, and the potential impact on student learning and identity development
  • Articulate the benefits of and need for an additive perspective of language and culture that supports bi/multicultural identity development
  • Explain how one’s own ethnicity, culture, and socioeconomic status influence teaching practice

BAST degree course.

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