EL5880C



Theories of Language and Literacy

This course covers a broad overview of the major theories that have influenced language and literacy research. It draws from a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to: linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics, psychology, philosophy, sociology, literary analysis and education. The goal of the class is to expose students to diverse approaches that have informed our understanding of the nature of written and spoken language, language and literacy development and use. It is designed to engage students in critically reflect on what language and literacy are and the strengths and weaknesses of existing theoretical approaches.

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