Curriculum & Course Schedule

Course Descriptions

Summer 2022

Sociocultural Contexts of Bi/Multilingualism in Latinx Communities (2 units)*

This course supports Spanish bilingual teacher candidates to develop an understanding of the diverse histories and cultures of Latinx communities in the United States and enact an asset stance that honors and builds on students’ linguistic and cultural resources in the classroom. Candidates will learn about historical and contemporary patterns of Latin American immigration in the U.S. and California and the diverse immigration and acculturation experiences of Latinx communities. The course also examines language practices in Latinx communities, including translanguaging, code-switching, Spanish language variation, and language use and development in bi/multilingual contexts.

Fall 2022

Methods and Materials in Spanish Bilingual Classrooms - Part 1 (1 unit)*

This course prepares bilingual teacher candidates to apply research and theory on bilingual language and literacy development to support the language, literacy, and content learning of emergent multilingual students in Spanish bilingual classrooms. Candidates are introduced to the history of bilingual education in California and the goals, opportunities, and challenges of different bilingual program models. They learn how to analyze language registers, genres, functions, and forms and leverage students’ linguistic resources to support their language and literacy development in Spanish and English. In addition, they learn to select and adapt instructional resources for bilingual classrooms and partner with families in linguistically and culturally responsive ways.

Spring 2023

Methods and Materials in Spanish Bilingual Classrooms - Part 2 (1 unit)*

This course prepares bilingual teacher candidates to apply research and theory on bilingual language and literacy development to support the language, literacy, and content learning of emergent multilingual students in Spanish bilingual classrooms. Candidates are introduced to the history of bilingual education in California and the goals, opportunities, and challenges of different bilingual program models. They learn how to analyze language registers, genres, functions, and forms and leverage students’ linguistic resources to support their language and literacy development in Spanish and English. In addition, they learn to select and adapt instructional resources for bilingual classrooms and partner with families in linguistically and culturally responsive ways.

Teacher Inquiry in Spanish Bilingual Classrooms (1 unit)

This course supports bilingual teacher candidates to apply learning from Methods and Materials in Spanish Bilingual Classrooms in their own teaching practice. Teacher candidates will be supported to engage in a self-selected inquiry project over the semester. Through the inquiry process, candidates will use formative and summative assessment to learn about their bilingual/multilingual students’ language and literacy abilities and conceptual understandings. They will engage in a series of lesson inquiry cycles — designing instruction, teaching, video recording lessons, and analyzing their recordings and formative assessment data to inform their subsequent instruction. 

All courses are online and meet on Zoom

*Courses taught primarily in Spanish

Fall start dates take Sociocultural Contexts in Summer 2023