Employ theories of acquisition of a primary and new language in instruction.
Assessment: 25 pts.
Due: Session 3
Teachers understand the characteristics of a literacy-rich & literacy-focused classroom and can evaluate the ways they already promote literacy and adjustments they might take to make their classroom more literacy-rich and literacy-focused in terms of their pedagogy, their curriculum and their classroom organization.
Students have learned about first and second language literacy needs. Now they will see how to design a literacy-rich classroom, focusing on pedagogy, curriculum, and classroom organization.
1. Read all of these article summaries: A, B, and C.
2. Use the ideas you learned in your readings to evaluate your own classroom and those of your colleagues in terms of their pedagogy, curriculum and classroom organization/structure. Given the ideas you just read about, how literacy-rich and literacy-focused is your classroom?
3. Using the Designing a Literacy-Focused Classroom worksheet, consider each element (pedagogy, curriculum, and classroom organization/structure). In the first column identify the practices that are strong. In the second column, identify ways you could adjust or alter your practices to make your classroom more literacy-rich and literacy-focused.
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