EDU 565 Language and Learning: Psycho- and Sociolinguistic Considerations for Educators of ELL Students

Explores fundamental questions about the nature of language, memory, and cognition, approaches the evolving field of psycho- and sociolinguistics from a variety of perspectives, including different theoretical positions, various research strategies, and classical versus more contemporary research, and discusses sociolinguistic phenomena such as code switching, dialects and idiolects, language transfer, loan words, and appropriate discourse, including common misconceptions regarding "Spanglish" and other linguistic phenomena associated with "languages in contact." Fundamental issues and principles of psycho-and sociolinguistics are presented in a balanced way that is accessible to all course participants. Participants share with other classmates everyday examples of "language use," apply theoretical models and crosslinguistic scientific findings relative to the cognition and socialization of language to classroom practice through research and projects, and compile a compendium of "best psycho- and sociolinguistic practices" to enable classroom teachers to stimulate active learning in first and second languages.




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