TSL 552 Full Course Discussions GCU
TSL 552 Topic 1 DQ 1
Literacy involves more than just reading and writing. It also includes speaking, listening, and facility with digital media. With this definition in mind, what are some techniques you might use to bring literacy into preschool through 12th grade bilingual classrooms? Cite any sources used in APA Style.
TSL 552 Topic 1 DQ 2
From your required readings, identify one theory or concept related to biliteracy or second language acquisition/development. How does this theory relate to the work you currently are doing or want to do with second language students? Identify and explain one technique that can be used to support language acquisition/development and literacy in a preschool through 12th grade bilingual classroom. Your response should be 200 or more words. Cite at least one source using APA Style.
TSL 552 Topic 2 DQ 1
Consider the dual language programs described in your required reading, including transitional program models, maintenance and enrichment programs, and immersion programs. Identify each model’s advantages and disadvantages. Between the three primary types of programs, which do you think is most beneficial and why? Provide your response in 200 or more words. Cite any sources used in APA Style.
TSL 552 Topic 2 DQ 2
Identify a program or programs in your state or district that promote biliteracy. Describe the program, including its features, goals/outcomes, and teacher roles or expectations. Provide a link to the program websites if possible. Provide your response in 200 or more words. Cite any sources used in APA Style.
TSL 552 Topic 3 DQ 1
Identify one specific strategy from your readings that you plan to use to engage bilingual students and promote literacy development in both first and second languages. Explain the strategy in depth. Describe the type of setting and students that this strategy would most benefit.
TSL 552 Topic 3 DQ 2
The Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) is a research-based model of instruction for English language learners. Components of the model include:
- Lesson Preparation
- Building Background
- Comprehensible Input
- Lesson Delivery
- Review and Assessment
Describe a standards-based lesson you might teach in a bilingual classroom. Analyze how you would include each of the eight SIOP model components in that lesson. Provide your response in 250 or more words. Cite any sources used in APA Style.
TSL 552 Topic 4 DQ 1
Culturally relevant texts are important in bilingual settings. Explain why. Outline one specific technique you might use to integrate a culturally diverse text into a bilingual classroom. Consider your practicum classroom if possible. Provide your response in 200 or more words. Cite any sources used in APA Style.
TSL 552 Topic 4 DQ 2
Text selection is an opportunity to address diversity and provide differentiated learning in bilingual settings. Identify one informational non-fiction text and one fiction text that emphasizes the perspectives of students in a bilingual classroom. Provide the following in your response for the two texts:
- The book title and author’s name
- A 50 word summary of the text
- The perspective emphasized in the text
- The benefit of the book in a bilingual setting
Cite any sources used in APA Style.
TSL 552 Topic 5 DQ 1
The Common Core and state standards press for greater content area literacy. As a bilingual educator, how might you promote content area literacy in both languages? What effective content area strategies are you seeing in your practicum setting? How might you ensure students are successful in content area testing at the state level? Provide your response in 200 or more words. Cite any sources used in APA Style.
TSL 552 Topic 5 DQ 2
Cummins (1994) has noted that students must develop Cognitive/Academic Language Proficiency (CALP) to succeed in content area classrooms. Consider one grade level (P-12) and one content area (e.g., mathematics, science, social studies, English language arts, music, etc.) you teach or intend to teach. Explain three important terms students need to know in the content area. Explain how you might embed these terms into a lesson plan. Provide your response in 200 or more words in your response. Cite any sources used in APA Style.
TSL 552 Topic 6 DQ 1
When assessing bilingual students, teachers must use a variety of assessments to capture an accurate snapshot of academic and language progress. What are some ways teachers can assess students in the bilingual classroom to include all four domains of language (reading, writing, listening, and speaking)? Provide your response in 200 or more words. Cite any sources used in APA Style.
TSL 552 Topic 6 DQ 2
How do state English language learner proficiency tests, such as the AZELLA (Arizona) or the WIDA (other states), guide data-informed decision-making? How might t hese test results affect lesson planning? Provide your response in 200 or more words. Cite any sources used in APA Style.
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