AA5333 Principles of Literacy


Course Summary

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.

Course Details

Level: Graduate
Credit hours: 3
Term(s) course is offered: Fall
Prerequisites: AA4350 Language and Society, and either AL4303 Principles of Phonological Analysis and AL4410a Principles of Grammatical Analysis (a), or AL4304 Introduction to Language Structure


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