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General Course Information for TED666: Cultural and Linguistics

Course: TED666 - Cultural and Linguistics
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Course Description: Examine of the cultural, social, economic, and cognitive factors of language and its importance in social interactions. Development of the necessary knowledge, skills, and dispositions to teach in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms. Analysis of language proficiency and understanding the variations found in languages.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe and reflect on the cultural, social, economic, and cognitive use of language including the use of dialects and non-standard forms of languages.
  • Describe the cultural, social, and economic factors that produce language varieties, code-mixing and code-switching.
  • Describe, critique and reflect on the major types of attitudes and behaviors towards language and language variations.
  • Apply sociolinguistic principles to the classroom and to materials used in the curriculum.
  • Model, teach, assess, and reflect on strategies for developing communicative competence.
  • Compare and contrast the interaction of language in the home, in schools, in the community and between cultures.
  • Evaluate and analyze the acquisition and learning of language and its use in social contexts.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Specialization in Teaching and Learning in a Global Society
    • Develop a community of practice that promotes global awareness and participation in community service and school learning activities, including field experiences and social and professional relationships with parents, teachers, administrators and local community members and organizations.
    • Develop a systematic approach to reflect on personal and professional beliefs, knowledge, dispositions and practices to continuously improve teaching and student learning.
    • Examine the current models of schooling and how they might be transformed to make curricula (instructional approaches, practices, materials and assessments) accessible, equitable and just to an increasingly diverse population.
    • Review and conduct action research on issues of international and immigrant populations, language, class, race, gender, ethnicity and culture in the school and reflect on that research.
    • Using current research on multilingualism and multiculturalism, explore the global issues of immigration, poverty, environment, distribution of resources and power and identify how these issues affect human development, schooling and learning.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
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Contact the Library:

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Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures