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Course Details

Course Code: EDUC600 Course ID: 3959 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course provides an in depth discussion of the concept of culture and helps educators and other instructional personnel recognize the influence of culture on learning, communication, belief systems and value orientations, and patterns of thinking and behaving. Opportunities for instructional application, including creating an appropriate learning environment and/or curriculum and materials for culturally diverse students, will be provided.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

1. Describe the impact of cultural diversity on classroom functioning and relationships. (NCATE/TESOL2a)
2. Discuss the impact of cultural background on student achievement. (NCATE/TESOL2b)¬
3. Discuss the issues and challenges related to managing cultural diversity within a classroom. (NCATE/TESOL3a)
4. Implement strategies for integrating cultural diversity within classroom instruction.( NCATE/TESOL 2b, 3a, 3b)
5. Adapt effective principles of teaching to a diverse student body. (NCATE/TESOL 3a)
6. Implement learner-centered effective strategies that meet the needs of all learners within a culturally diverse classroom.( NCATE/TESOL 2b, 3a, 3b)
7. Evaluate current potential curriculum materials so as to identify those which can be effectively used in teaching English language learners (ELLs). (NCATE/TESOL 3c).
8. Discuss theories of second language acquisition (NCATE/TESOL 1b)
9. Identify factors which affect second language acquisition (NCATE/TESOL 1a,1b)
10. Communicate effectively and supportively with parents of English language learners (NCATE/TESOL ELLs) (2b)
11. Understand the effects of cultural diversity on the school community as well as the larger community (NCATE/TESOL 2b)

Required Course Textbooks

Freeman, D. and Freeman, Y. (2011). Between worlds: Access to second language acquisition. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. ISBN 978-0-325-03088-3.

Review of above text by Kathy M. Irwin, Mardigian Library, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Recommended Website

Quality Counts 2009: Portrait of a Population:

In addition to the required course text and recommended website, the following public domain websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note Web site addresses are subject to change.

Websites and URLs/Web Addresses

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL):

US Department of State Office of English Language Programs:

Office of English Language Acquisition:

National Clearinghouse on English Language Acquisition:

West Virginia Department of Education West Virginia Connections:

National Council of Teachers of English:

The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University: and

Course Materials

Acceptance and caring are at the heart of engaging classroom diversity. By: Casbon, Jay, Schirmer, Barbara R., Reading Teacher, 00340561, Apr97, Vol. 50, Issue 7.
[Reference document entitled "Acceptance and caring are at the heart of engaging classroom diversity"]

Book Title:Between Worlds, 3rd ed
Publication Info:Heinemann
Author:Freeman, David E. / Freeamn, Yvonne S.
Unit Cost:$20.94

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.