AA5333 - Principles of Literacy
(FALL) (3 graduate credits)
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
(a) give a general description and explanation of the phenomenon of linguistic diversity around the world with respect to the facts of illiteracy;
(b) identify and explain the major trends and movements in literacy and development;
(c) discuss issues of language policy and language planning and give a range of examples from around the world;
(d) explain issues and problems in developing a written system for a language;
(e) make and evaluate proposals for a writing system for a language including orthographic issues beyond the representation of segmental features;
(f) define and discuss the basic principles of adult learning;
(g) define and discuss the major approaches to reading theory;
(h) develop and train local teachers to use a Gudschinsky primer;
(i) explain the general purpose of a transitional literacy program;
(j) explain the general features of a literacy program and how to implement one;
(k) explain the general process of developing a funding proposal;
(l) develop basic materials for a transitional literacy program;
(m) organize and run a writers’ workshop.

Prerequisites: AA4350 Language and Society, and either AL4303 Principles of Phonological Analysis and AL4410b Principles of Grammatical Analysis (b), or AL4304 Introduction to Language Structure.