The certificate will prepare teachers to better serve students in schools that follow — or wish to follow — a bilingual or dual language (DL) model, especially those in Catholic schools.
- Foundations of Bilingual Education
- This course frames the relevance of bilingual / DL education and its core components. It develops the necessary skills to effectively plan for DL instruction.
- Learning Content and Language
- Through a deeper understanding of second language acquisition, participants in this course will learn strategies on how to incorporate content and language learning in each instructional lesson.
- Biliteracy Development
- This course will review and apply effective biliteracy development frameworks, including oracy as a precursor to reading and writing development.
- Sociocultural Competence and Faith Formation
- Participants in this course will engage with practices that effectively foster sociocultural competence and faith formation in schools.
Together in community through synchronous and asynchronous sessions, participants will discuss readings, complete assignments, and consider how content can be applied in their respective school settings. Areas of focus and topics addressed throughout the certificate program include: the social and political contexts of language use and instruction; enhanced ways of teaching language through content; bilingual language arts and literacy instruction; and text selection for multilingual youth.