Course Syllabi

Foundations of Classroom language Syllabus

Laura Hill-Bonnet
August 2020 | Stanford University

The Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) of the Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE) seeks to prepare and support teacher leaders in creating equitable and successful schools and classrooms. This document is the syllabus for the course entitled EDUC388F: Foundations of Classroom language. The course explores how the language used in school has the dual goals: 1) identifying opportunities for students to use various languages and dialects in the classroom and 2) conducting a linguistic analysis of the variety of English typically prioritized in schools. Through the course, participants learn to recognize the various language repertoires students come to school with and become critical of how academic language is constructed, taught, and explicitly promoted in classrooms. The eight sessions have required readings assigned that explore the structure of language, multilingual classroom environments, creating classroom language, and de-constructing classroom language. Coursework includes multilingual education, social justice and equity.

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