Language and Cultural Understanding

Course Code: TSL3520

Credit Hours: 3

Effective beginning: 2021-22


Course Description:
The course is designed to provide students with information and skills concerning the education of students who have limited English proficiency (LEP). The course addresses recognizing the need for training in order to work with LEP students and focuses on cross cultural understanding and methods of teaching speakers of other languages. It also focuses on working with the families of the LEP students. This course has been designated as an International/Diversity Course. Ten hours of field experience are required for course completion.

Course Details




Dr. Mackenzie Johnson




Required textbooks/ course materials:

No textbook required


Assignment/course outline:

see instructor first-day handout


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

E – 1   Designs and plans effective instructional lessons.

E – 2   Maintains a student-centered learning environment that is safe, organized, equitable, flexible, inclusive and collaborative.

E – 3   Delivers and facilitates effective instruction.

E – 4   Analyzes and applies data from multiple assessments to diagnose learning needs and inform instruction.

E – 5   Designs purposeful professional goals for continuous improvement to strengthen instructional effectiveness and impact student learning.

E – 6    Practices professional responsibility and ethical conduct and fulfills expected obligations to students, the public, and the education profession.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Identify services for LEP students and for relevant training (Consent Decree)
  • Distinguish between visible, surface characteristics of culture and the many subtle, invisible manifestations of culture known as deep culture
  • Examine and discuss characteristics of one’s own culture and how this influences our interactions with and expectations for students
  • Identify the stages of cultural adaptation for newcomers to any culture and discuss the behavioral characteristics that may be associated with each stage of adjustment
  • Describe the wide diversity with any given cultural group and how to use cultural information without depending upon stereotypes and preconceived ideas concerning cultural characteristics
  • Assess students’ oral language output in the classroom using a structured observation instrument and identify gaps in students’ educational learning
  • Identify strategies being used by second language learners as well as teachers of second language learners


E-5, E-6

E-5, E-6

E-5, E-6

E-5, E-6

E-5, E-6

E-4, E-5

E-5, E-6 


Discussion Board


Writing Assignment

Task CC5B

Task 5.1.1



Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

Attend and participate in class regularly.

Read all assigned material before class.

Study in-class notes and on-line (Canvas) materials.

Complete assigned projects in a timely manner to enable reflections and revisions on the final product.

Seek opportunities to practice teaching skills through tutoring and substituting in K – 12 schools.

Collaborate with peers and other professionals.


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