Assignments and Written Work:
Students will complete multiple reading assignments in the textbook and outside scholarly
Students will also:
a. Keep a reaction journal on the readings. This journal will not only summarize the
readings, but will give a personal reaction to the content. What in the chapter is
particularly useful to the ESL teacher? How does the theoretical framework translate
into classroom implementation? Does the chapter throw light on any personal experiences
the student has had, in or out of the classroom?
b. Observe classes at the summer program of the Memphis City Schools, in Mexico, or at a program convenient to you.
c. Access the class web page and complete the assignments detailed there. You may
do this in Patterson 229 or from any computer available to you that accesses the World
Wide Web through any browser.
d. Find five additional readings related to one aspect of the interaction of language
and culture, and present a synthesis of the research to the class on the online bulletin
board, discussing how it relates to the text and adds to it.
e. Develop a set of questions and conduct an interview with either someone from another
country who has been in the U.S. for at least 6 months, or someone from the U.S. who
has lived in another country for at least a year. The questions should focus on cross-cultural
experiences and draw on the theoretical framework from the text. The interview should
be written up and submitted as a journal entry. The student may not use his or her
own experience for this assignment, but may draw on that experience for the journal
entries. Students in the Mexico program will be assigned teachers from the licenciatura
program at the University of Guanajuato to interview.
f. Participate in online discussion on the class bulletin board.
g. Take a Final Exam