ED 299 Understanding Language Learning
Of particular interest to bilingual students, Modern Language majors, those who may study abroad in a context where another language is spoken and Education majors who may want to teach ESL in the future, University Seminar addresses the processes of language learning from a variety of disciplinary perspectives – in particular sociocultural and cognitive perspectives – and engages students in an understanding of the structure and sound systems of English in relation to other languages and in relation to a variety of teaching/learning strategies. By focusing both on a comparison of language structures and sound systems as well as theories of second language acquisition and development, this seminar allows students to learn about differences between learning a first and a second language and the influences of these processes on instructional principles and strategies. This seminar includes a language learning component that provides students the opportunity to reflect on their own learning processes in relation to language learning theories and to compare English to another language.
Field experiences required. See background check requirement policy.
Note: ED299 can count toward the ESL requirement in the Education major.