ECAE 7360T Introduction to Early Childhood Bilingual and Second Language Acquisition
45 hours; 25 hours supervised field experience; 3 credits
This course examines characteristics and theories of bilingual and second language acquisition as well as the development of educational models and methods of bilingual, dual language and second language within a multicultural and global context. It provides a review of research associated with the socio- and psycho-linguistic, cognitive and socio-cultural dimensions including the cultural, linguistic, and social contexts of young children learning more than one language. It guides students' exploration of developmentally appropriate practices in the context of changing views, methods of teaching, and public policy with linguistically and culturally diverse young children with and without special needs. Discussions also focus on quality inclusive early childhood dual language and bilingual programs and methods of family involvement.