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ESOL 540 Culturally Responsive Teaching in Linguistically Diverse Classrooms

Content: This course focuses on using culturally responsive classroom practices to engage learners whose first and/or home language is not English. We will explore how the candidate’s culture and race intersect with learning and teaching. Course content centers on key elements impacting teaching and learning, including race, culture, and language, which will be examined through the lens of classroom practice, school engagement, and community resources that support and build upon student and family assets. Candidates develop strategies to work with significant people in the child's environment in order to support and encourage success in schools. Candidates examine barriers to family involvement and learn strategies to encourage the development of positive working relationships between home and school. Topics for readings and discussion include, race, socio-economics, language, social and cultural capital, language, and immigration.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Admission to a preservice teacher education program.
Credits: 2 semester hours.

ESOL Endorsement

Designed for educators holding an Oregon teaching license, Lewis & Clark's ESOL Endorsement Program explores the principles, theories, research, and practices relevant to the needs of PK-12 students acquiring English as a second or additional language. To meet the needs of professionals, we offer program courses in the evenings, on weekends, during the summer, on-line and, in some cases, at school sites. Candidates join colleagues and Lewis & Clark faculty to engage in classes for dialogue, study, and field experiences that address the full complexity of cultural and linguistic diversity and of academic and social inclusion of immigrant students.