Houston Baptist University Catalog

Bilingual Education (EDBI) Course Descriptions


EDBI 3121 Special Topics in Language and Literature
Special topics to be treated are determined by interested students with the approval of the Department Chair. Mexican-American literature, sociolinguistics, grammar for native speakers of Spanish, and field experience in Hispanic language and culture are examples of possible areas of interest.

EDBI 3221 Special Topics in Language and Literature
Special topics to be treated are determined by interested students with the approval of the Department Chair. Mexican-American literature, sociolinguistics, grammar for native speakers of Spanish, and field experience in Hispanic language and culture are examples of possible areas of interest.

EDBI 3321 Special Topics in Language and Literature
Special topics to be treated are determined by interested students with the approval of the Department Chair. Mexican-American literature, sociolinguistics, grammar for native speakers of Spanish, and field experience in Hispanic language and culture are examples of possible areas of interest.

EDBI 3335 Spanish Writing Workshop
This course provides students with strategies to write fluently in Spanish. Techniques emphasize the steps of the writing process. Students use self-editing and peer collaboration to produce a portfolio of their work. (Offered also as SPAN 3335.)

EDBI 3387 Teaching School Content Areas in the Bilingual Classroom
Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program; EDUC 4301 or 4311
This course will include the preparation and teaching of lessons and units in Spanish for content area; Spanish vocabulary development and instruction including the multifaceted knowledge of word knowledge; appropriate strategies for before, during and after reading; the role of fluency in comprehension and strategies to improve fluency; evaluation of curriculum materials for the Spanish speaker; familiarization with the state adopted materials written in Spanish; assessment that leads to data informed decisions; comprehension skills in content areas; grouping procedures in a multi-tiered approach; and lesson design that differentiates based on student need. Students apply course content in a field-based practicum in a bilingual classroom.

EDBI 4293 Senior Seminar: Foundations of Bilingual Education
Prerequisite: EDBI 3387 and 4314 or permission of the instructor.
Students study topics in applied linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and multilingual, multicultural education. Students prepare written assignments, give oral presentations, and participate in discussion of these topics. Students conduct in-depth research on one of these areas and present their research in a senior seminar paper and in an oral presentation to the class.

EDBI 4304 Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language
Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program; EDUC 4301 or 4311.
This course will enable students to explore theories, pedagogical considerations and current methodology in the teaching of reading, speaking, listening, thinking and writing visualizing, and visually representing for second languages and targeted cultures. The five critical components of reading instruction (phonemic awareness, phonics and word study, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension) will frame the study of learners of second languages. An emphasis will be placed on developing interpersonal communication skills of the beginning and intermediate ESL students. (Also offered as ENGL 4304 and SPAN 4304)

EDBI 4305 Second Language Acquisition
Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program
This course will introduce students to theories of second language acquisition; comparison of first and second language acquisition; second language acquisition in children and adults and in the bilingual child. Also included in this course is an introduction to sociolinguistic considerations and assessment of language dominance and proficiency to inform instructional decisions. This course will make use of a multi-tiered system of support to provide the necessary differentiation. Student learning will focus on acquisition of English as a second language.

EDBI 4306 ESL Theory and Practice
A study of research findings in the teaching of English as a Second Language (ESL) and of legal, cultural, linguistic, and educational consideration for ESL teaching. School-based practicum project.

EDBI 4307 Foundations of ESL and Bilingual Education
Survey of the historical, theoretical, and policy foundations of programs which serve English language learners (ELL's); types of programs; research findings related to these programs; and factors in creating an effective multicultural environment for addressing students' affective, linguistic, and cognitive needs.

EDBI 4314 Survey of Linguistics
Nature and structure of language. Language variation and change. Language and society. Introduction to contrastive linguistics, with emphasis on English. Languages of the world.

EDBI 4343 Hispanic Cultural Perspectives
Prerequisites: Two 3000-level Spanish courses or the equivalent.
A study of the major cultural aspects of Spanish speaking countries, with a special emphasis on literature, art, history, geography and cultural patterns. Not open to students with language proficiency below Intermediate High. (Offered also as SPAN 4343.)

EDBI 4344 Hispanic Cultural Perspectives
Prerequisites: Two 3000-level Spanish courses or the equivalent.
A study of the major cultural aspects of Spanish speaking countries, with a special emphasis on literature, art, history, geography and cultural patterns. Not open to students with language proficiency below Intermediate High. (Offered also as SPAN 4344.)

EDBI 4350 Developing Literacy in the Bilingual Classroom
Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program; EDUC 4301 or 4311.
This course will include an analysis of the development of reading, speaking, listening, thinking and writing visualizing, and visually representing as it applies to the young bilingual child. The five critical components of reading instruction (phonemic awareness, phonics and word study, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension) will frame the study of the bilingual learner. The course will also include a theoretical framework for literacy development in the first language of bilingual students using a multi-tiered approach to classroom instruction that involves being able to gather assessment data that will inform instructional decisions and differentiate instruction. This course will also include an exploration of the selection and development of activities that promote literacy acquisition in the first language of bilingual students. This class will be taught primarily in Spanish.

EDBI 5304 Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language
Prerequisites: None.
This course will help to prepare learners to function as knowledgeable and effective teachers/scholars of students in a bilingual/ESL classroom. Students will conduct an in-depth study of theories, pedagogical considerations and current methodology in the teaching of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills for second languages and target cultures. Emphasis is on developing interpersonal communication skills of beginning and intermediate ESL students.

EDBI 5305 Second Language Acquisition
This course will prepare professional educators to function as knowledgeable and effective teachers/scholars of students in a bilingual classroom. Students will explore theories of second language acquisition, comparison of first and second language acquisition, and second language acquisition in children and adults and in the bilingual child. Students will conduct an in-depth study of assessment of language dominance and proficiency with a focus on acquisition of English as a second language.

EDBI 5306 ESL Theory and Practice
A study of research findings in the teaching of English as a Second Language (ESL) and of legal, cultural, linguistic, and educational consideration for ESL teaching. School-based practicum project.

EDBI 5314 Survey of Linguistics
Nature and structure of language. Language variation and change. Language and society. Introduction to contrastive linguistics, with emphasis on English. Languages of the world.

EDBI 5315 Integrating ESL with the Content Areas
Prerequisites: None.
Approaches to teaching English as a Second Language within the context of comprehensible content-area instruction. Sheltered English. Emphasis on developing literacy skills and fostering oral and written student interaction in all subject areas. Understanding of cultural diversity and its implications to classroom climate. Adapting instruction to the diagnosed needs of the LEP student. Fifteen-hour school-based practicum project.

EDBI 5335, Spanish Writing Workshop
This course will provide students with techniques for developing writing skills in Spanish. Knowledge and skills developed in the class will be applicable to the teaching of writing in the EC-6 Bilingual/ESL classroom. Their project will involve a compilation of entries with a focus on composing, revising, editing, and publishing a memoir or personal life story.

EDBI 5343 Hispanic Cultural Perspectives
A study of the major cultural aspects of Spanish-speaking countries, with a special emphasis on literature, art, history, geography and cultural patterns. This course will be taught in Spanish. Not open to students with language proficiency below ACTFL Intermediate High.

EDBI 5344 Hispanic Cultural Perspectives
A study of the major cultural aspects of Spanish-speaking countries, with a special emphasis on literature, art, history, geography and cultural patterns. This course will be taught in Spanish. Not open to students with language proficiency below ACTFL Intermediate High.

EDBI 5350 Developing Literacy in the Bilingual Classroom
This course will prepare professional educators to function as knowledgeable and effective teachers/scholars of students in a bilingual classroom. Students will gain an in-depth understanding the theoretical framework for the literacy development in the first language of bilingual students. Students will explore and analyze current methods of teaching reading and writing. Students will develop and evaluate activities that promote literacy acquisition in the first language of bilingual students. This class will be taught primarily in Spanish.

EDBI 6181 Special Topics
A service course designed to permit the offering of topics of current interest and special workshops. May also be used for individual study, in which a minimum of 40 clock hours of directed study is required for each semester hour of credit. Topics and projects are selected based on student interest and need.

EDBI 6281 Special Topics
A service course designed to permit the offering of topics of current interest and special workshops. May also be used for individual study, in which a minimum of 40 clock hours of directed study is required for each semester hour of credit. Topics and projects are selected based on student interest and need.

EDBI 6304 Applied Linguistics for Bilingual Teaching
Contrastive analysis between English and Spanish. Implications of linguistic considerations for identification of special concerns in the teaching of bilingual literacy and language arts.

EDBI 6305 Foundations of Bilingual Education
Rationale for bilingual education. Goals, curriculum, classroom management, and testing in the various types of bilingual programs. Research findings in bilingual education.

EDBI 6307 The Teaching of Mathematics, Science and Social Studies in the Bilingual Classroom
Development, utilization, and adaptation of resources and materials for teaching math, science and social studies in the bilingual classroom. Current approaches to teaching the content areas in the bilingual classroom. Vocabulary and fluency development in content areas in Spanish. Program and staffing models. Use of the first and second languages. This course will be taught primarily in Spanish.

EDBI 6381 Special Topics
A service course designed to permit the offering of topics of current interest and special workshops. May also be used for individual study, in which a minimum of 40 clock hours of directed study is required for each semester hour of credit. Topics and projects are selected based on student interest and need.