EDUC6329 Language Development and Acquisition

Course Description

This course focuses on the process of acquiring one’s native and a second language including theories of psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics applied to the acquisition of one or more languages in early childhood and school learning.

Course Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Admission to UTPB; admission to graduate studies; in addition to the College of Education requirements, students seeking teacher certification in Texas and in bilingual education as a part of the Master of Arts in Education/Bilingual/ESL must apply to the certification program and after completing the program, demonstrate proficiency in Spanish by passing the Texas Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT).

Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to

  • Identify the process of acquiring the first and second language in natural and educational settings.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the different theories of language acquisition through the school years.
  • Characterize the psychological, sociological, and political factors involved in the acquisition of language.
  • Identify language assessment instruments.
  • Juxtapose current scholarly research with classroom practices and apply them effectively to teaching to promote and facilitate successful learning.