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EDEU502 - Cross Cultural Issues in Educating ELs

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Teachers analyze their personal attitudes, values, and beliefs about English, bi/multilingualism, language use, patriotism, power, privilege, and cultural norms. Explore implications for how these impact interactions with students and their families, instructional decisions, perceptions about student performance, teaching, learning, assessment, and evaluation of English Learners in multicultural educational settings. Effective Dec 1, 2019, a minimum of 20 clock hours of on-site activities in PK-12 schools is included (can be completed in your own classroom if teaching English Learners). 3 credits.

Course requires a FINAL PROJECT that must be completed with students in a PK-12 classroom over at least three class periods.

Former course number:  EDEU 9390

Registration Restriction: Open to any educator in ANY district/system who holds a minimum of a BA/BS degree.


Fully online, self-paced, instructor supported

Up to 75 days allowed for completion

Enrollment begins with 48 hours after registration is processed

Course Text

No text is required.  All materials are provided online

Course Outcomes

Culture, individuals, and differences

  1. Compare and contrast definitions of culture
  2. Identify specific characteristics of mainstream American culture
  3. Explain cultural differences within the context of cultural variables
  4. Examine and articulate personal attitudes, values, and beliefs through the lens of cultural variables
  5. Apply knowledge of cultural variables when analyzing personal interactions, decisions, and perceptions about students, their families, behavior, classroom management, student performance, teaching, and learning

Relationships within the context of power and privilege

  1. Explain the role and effect of adaptation, acculturation, covering, power, privilege, stereotyping, and bias in interactions among individuals and within systems
  2. Apply knowledge and understanding of the role and effect of adaptation, acculturation, covering, power, privilege, stereotyping, and bias in interactions among individuals and within systems to professional practices by analyzing policies and professional practices particularly witth respect

Creating equitable and inclusive curricula and learning environments for English language learners

  1. Compare models of multicultural education
  2. Critically evaluate materials, resources, and behaviors to identify potential underlying cultural values (biases)
  3. Explore, evaluate, and select strategies for creating an inclusive, culturally responsive classroom
  4. Explain the unique needs of migrant students
  5. Identify and evaluate strategies and practices for engaging parents, families, and communities to assure the education of all students regardless of background
  6. Apply knowledge of multicultural education to professional practice

IL State Standards for Teachers:  Section 27.425 Rules

  • IL27.425-2A: demonstrates and applies knowledge of current research, principles, and theories of culture applied to the context of teaching and learning
  • IL27.425-2B: demonstrates an awareness of and reflects on his or her personal beliefs, socioeconomic and cultural background, and intercultural experiences
  • IL27.425-2C: understands the differences between home and school cultures and builds connections between them by implementing culturally and linguistically responsive strategies to support student achievement
  • IL27.425-2D: continually learns about his or her students' languages and the language variations and builds instruction on the cultural assets and backgrounds that students bring from their homes and communities
  • IL27.425-2E: demonstrates and applies knowledge about the negative effects of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination on teaching and learning

Credit Registration

 A final grade will be issued by Brandman to those who successfully complete all assignment, including a final project, with a “satisfactory” rating AND who complete the course evaluation provided that the individual registered as a student with Brandman and has paid the additional Brandman tuition applicable at the time of registration.

Here is the course outline:

Module A: Welcome and Introduction (1-2 hrs)

This section helps assure your success when working in the course. You will be introduced to details about the OnlineClasroom, the ASPD/Brandman relationship, credit, tax information, and other administrative issues.

EDEU502-MOD1 What is Culture?

How can research, principles, and theories of culture be applied to the context of teaching and learning? (Standard A)

EDEU502-MOD2 The Impact of My Cultural Beliefs

What is the relationship of language and culture and why is it important for teachers of English Learners to understand these relationships? (Standard D)

EDEU502-MOD 3 The Role of Power and Privilege in Perpetuating and Maintaining Stereotypes

In what ways do I experience and benefit from power and privilege and how has power and privilege shaped my personal beliefs, socioeconomic and cultural background, and intercultural experiences? (Standard A, B)

EDEU502-MOD4: Identifying and Confronting Stereotyping and Bigotry

How do stereotyping, bias, bigotry, sexism, racism, homophobia, heterosexism, xenophobia, and ethnocentrism impact teaching and learning and how do I respond to these to assure that all students are fully included? (Standard C, E)

EDEU502-MOD5 Responding to and Interrupting Stereotyping and Biased Behavior

What strategies can I use to address stereotyping and biased behavior when I encounter it? (Standard C)

Module B: Final Project Overview

The Final Project includes classroom implementation. An overview is provided here to allow for forward planning. The project should not be completed until after the final module as that module contains content that will be valuable when implementing the project.

EDEU502-MOD6 Adapting to New Cultures: Assimilation, Accommodation, and Covering

What strategies do individuals use to integrate into new groups? What benefits and costs are experienced by the individual with each? (Standard C, E)

EDEU502-MOD7 What is Multicultural Education?

What is multicultural education and what are effective strategies for addressing the diverse learning needs present in the classroom – particularly English Learners? (Standard C)

EDEU502-MOD8 Creating Safe and Responsive Classrooms for ELLs and others

What are the unique social, emotional, physical, and academic needs of English Learners, and how can the teacher respond to these needs? (Standard B, C, E)

EDEU502-MOD9 Final Project

The project is designed to use a specific teaching and learning context to demonstrate ability to integrate the major themes of the course: Culture Research and Theory, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Responsive Instruction, Culture and Language, Effects of Discrimination. The project requires the review and selection of activities, development of plans for implementation, delivery over 2-4 class periods distributed over multiple days, collection of data, analysis of data, and development of a comprehensive evaluation based on the five standards for the course. NOTE: If this point in the course is arrived at when schools are on break/vacation or during a work stoppage, the participant may arrange to complete the project when schools re-open. In this situation, an individual who wishes to enroll in an additional ASPD course BEFORE this course is completed, should contact ASPD to request this.

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