PRLS 7145X Bilingualism: Characteristics and Practices

30 hours plus conference; 3 credits

Study of the acquisition of two or more languages with special emphasis on Spanish-English bilingualism in the U.S. Philosophy and general practices related to bilingual programs in U.S. schools. International perspectives on bilingualism with selected case studies. Discussion of language policy and planning in developed and developing countries. Theories, writings, research studies in socio- and psycholinguistics. Application centered on the psycho-sociological background for language development in Puerto Rican and other Latino children. Independent research and professional development workshops.

Prerequisite: at least 3 graduate credits in education, the social sciences, or the humanities or permission of the chairperson.

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