Course Description

This course provides K-12 educators with an overview of techniques and methods that support the instruction of bilingual learners. Participants examine culturally responsive practices for instruction and assessment. Teaching in the content areas, honoring cultural diversity, and involving parents/guardians and community are also explored.

This graduate course is 4 weeks.

Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.

This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, and Kentucky.

Course Objectives

Historical Methods, Theories, and Strategies Related to Instruction

  • Identify historical methods for instructing bilingual learners.
  • Explain language acquisition theories.
  • Describe how instruction relates to language acquisition stages.
  • Identify learning strategies used by bilingual learners.
  • Compare instructional strategies for bilingual learners, including those that make use of technology.
  • Explain the importance of basic interpersonal communication skills and cognitive academic language proficiency skills to the instruction of bilingual learners.
  • Identify the characteristics of thematic instruction.

Applying Methodologies and Assessment

  • Identify the components of the major models for instructing bilingual learners.
  • Create a classroom environment that supports the instruction of bilingual learners.
  • Describe the purposes of assessment in the content areas and for language acquisition.

Honoring Cultural Diversity

  • Describe how students develop their cultural identities.
  • Explain the role of culture in language minority achievement.
  • Analyze the influence of cultural diversity on instruction.

Involving Parents/Guardians and the Community

  • Define key components of effective parent/guardian and community involvement programs.
  • Explain how culture influences parent/guardian involvement strategies.
  • Identify how to involve culturally diverse parents/guardians and community members in instruction.




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12:00AM to 11:59AM
Jul 14, 2020 to Aug 10, 2020
Online Campus
Online Non-Degree
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online Campus
Course Fee(s)
Section Fees
Resource Fee $75.00 Mandatory
3 Credit Hours
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