Applied Language Acquisition
Understanding language acquisition theory enables teachers to better understand the cognitive factors associated with learning, to anticipate the types of errors made by ELLs, and to plan instruction accordingly.
Allocate at least 10 hours in the field to support this assignment.
Discuss language acquisition theory with your mentor teacher as well as with other content teachers. Focus on how they perceive the connection between theory and content instruction. Learn about the strategies they employ that are tied to language acquisition theory. Observe several learning experiences involving ELLs or bilingual/dual language students to make connections between language acquisition theory and teaching. Implement language acquisition theory into your teaching.
Continue to work on achieving the goals that you identified in your Practicum Learning Plan.
Document the locations and hours you spend in the field on your Clinical Field Experience Verification Form.
Submit the Clinical Field Experience Verification Form with the last assignment by the assignment due date. Directions for submitting can be found on the College of Education site in the Student Success Center.
Create a 5-10 slide audio-enhanced presentation or webinar to inform teachers about integrating language acquisition theory into content instruction for ELLs or bilingual/dual language students. Your audio-enhanced presentation or webinar should be narrated by you and based on a content area of your choice.
Provide examples of how three different language acquisition theorists could inform teaching a content topic. Your audio-enhanced presentation or webinar should include:
A brief description of three language acquisition theories (including the theorist, name of theory, and summary).
A specific example of how each of these language acquisition theories could inform content instruction for ELLs or bilingual/dual language students within your chosen subject of interest.
Include presenter’s notes, in-text citations, and a reference slide.
Support your findings with at least three resources.
While APA format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and in-text citations and references should be presented using APA documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.
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