Jul 20, 2019  
2018-2019 College of Liberal Arts 
    
2018-2019 College of Liberal Arts [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ENGH 298 - Community Language and Literacy [CBL]

4 credits
This course introduces students to theories of literacy and language as social practice, examining how literacy is affected by economic change in dynamic interplay with social, cultural, and linguistic difference. These dynamics shape the messages children receive in schools, the ways that families interact with one another, and the rhetoric by which we define things like intelligence, achievement, and individual worth. We will take a special look at how communities are pushed and pulled by many languages at once, recognizing that our sense of “normal” around English monolingualism is a convenient myth.   The course places special interest in non-school literacies, those that are grown and nurtured within communities often outside the radar of mainstream testing and credentialling mechanisms.  After training, and with ongoing reflection, students spend one evening a week as conversation partners and literacy tutors with adult English language learners at the Neighborhood House in Morristown.  CLA-Writing Intensive, CLA-Off Campus Experience



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