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Meeting the Needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners†
Graduate Credit: 3 semester hours
Formats: Print & DVD or Online
Level: Grades K–12
Registration Deadline: July 19, 2013
Complete by: October 31, 2013
Course #: EDUC-6937
10 weeks after receipt of coursework
*For Print & DVD format, add $30 fee for Course Study Guide (required)
Today’s classrooms serve students and families of great diversity. In order to effectively meet the needs of all your students, it is essential that you, as a teacher, increase your awareness of the complex influences of culture, language, and life experiences. This graduate-level course will help you explore your own views on linguistic and cultural diversity, and discover a variety of resources and strategies that promote academic achievement for culturally and linguistically diverse students. Learn valuable strategies and effective practices that you can use immediately in your classroom.
- Examine the characteristics of multicultural education.
- Learn how to address potential cultural and linguistic barriers to learning (including English as a Second Language).
- Analyze English-language learner teaching strategies in action and identify best practices in teaching linguistically and culturally diverse students.
- Examine the connection between culture and learning, and learn how to support students' cultural differences.
- Gain strategies for creating an equitable learning experience for all students.
†Credits for up to four of these courses may be applied toward a Walden University M.S. in Education program. Please call 1-866-492-5336 and speak to an Enrollment Advisor for more details.
Download a course fact sheet to share with your supervisor, principal, and other teaching colleagues who may be interested in learning more about Canter graduate courses. The overview includes a description of the course as well as information on:
- Course topics and outcomes
- Course assessment criteria
- System requirements (online format)
- Featured education experts
Eugene Garcia, Ph.D.
Dr. Garcia has been the dean and a professor of education at Arizona State University’s (ASU) College of Education since 2002. In May 2003, he was given the additional role of vice president for University-School Partnerships. Prior to his position at ASU, Dr. Garcia was a professor of education at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Garcia, who has published extensively in the area of language teaching and bilingual development, served as a senior officer and director of the Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs in the U.S. Department of Education from 1993 to 1995.
Kenji Hakuta, Ph.D.
Dr. Hakuta is the founding dean of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts at the University of California, Merced. An experimental psycholinguist by training, he is best known for his work in the areas of psycholinguistics, bilingualism, and the acquisition of English in immigrant students. He is the author and editor of several books, including Mirror of Language: The Debate on Bilingualism (1986) and In Other Words: The Science and Psychology of Second Language Acquisition (1994). Before joining UC Merced, Dr. Hakuta taught at Yale University and at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and most recently, he was the Vida Jacks Professor of Education at Stanford University.
Sonia Nieto, Ed.D.
Dr. Nieto is a professor emeritus of language, literacy, and culture in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her scholarly work has focused on multicultural and bilingual education, curriculum reform, and teacher education. She has written numerous book chapters and articles on these themes. Her book, Affirming Diversity: The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education, is used widely in multicultural education and professional development courses. Other books include The Light in Their Eyes: Creating Multicultural Learning Communities and What Keeps Teachers Going?
The following course materials are included in the cost of tuition and will be delivered directly to you.:
- Textbook: Affirming Diversity: The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education, by Sonia Nieto and
- Textbook: 50 Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners, by Adrienne Herrell and Michael Jordan
- DVD: Enhance Learning Through Linguistic and
(For online format, theDVD is provided as backup to streaming video online.)
If you order the print & DVD formt, you will also receive
- Study guide: Meeting the Needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners
- Course information packet
*For online format, the study guide and course information packet are provided in your online classroom.
This is a graduate-level course; therefore, you must have a bachelor's degree or above to enroll and receive credit.
Earning Graduate Credit
Total coursework for this course is equivalent to a 45 contact-hour course. Graduate credit will be issued when you successfully complete the following course requirements:
- Collaborate with study partner(s) (Print & DVD format only).
- Collaborate with colleagues through discussion boards (Online format only).
- View video segments.
- Complete required text/journal readings, assignments, and the final paper.
Course Completion Deadline
Print & DVD format: coursework must be submitted via email to WaldenCourseworkSubmission@waldenu.edu on or before October 31, 2013.
Online format: coursework must be submitted online on or before October 31, 2013.
Operating system for PC: Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, or
Operating system for Mac®: OS X or higher
Processor: 1 GHz, 32/64 bit or higher
Memory: Minimum 512 MB of RAM; 1 GB recommended
Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer® 6.0 or higher; Firefox® 3.6 (also for Mac®: Apple® Safari® 4 or higher)
Internet connection: Broadband (DSL, cable modem, or similar) required
Software: Microsoft Word®, Adobe® Flash® Player 7 or higher (free), Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® version 8 or higher (free)
Monitor resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels or higher
Note: If you are using a Macintosh®, please be sure to download Mozilla® Firefox® 3.6. It’s free, and the download should take only a few minutes at http://www.mozilla.org/.
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