Authors

Deborah Agar

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 2022

Abstract

This course builds upon previous literacy coursework to explore how to develop students’ content literacy, with special attention to culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) learners. It provides theoretical foundations for conceptualizing language and literacy learning that are rooted in Scientifically Based Reading Research (SBRR), sociocultural theory, systemic functional linguistics, and culturally and linguistically responsive teaching. Central course learning activities include: (1) practicing effective strategies for supporting students’ literacy development across content areas; (2) deconstructing school-based texts to analyze how text structure and language features relate to purpose, audience, and voice; and (3) designing content/language integrated lessons. Through this course, students will also become familiar with the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) and the WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards.

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