ESL 571 Cultural Awareness, 3 credits

This course is designed to examine the issues of culture and cultural diversity with a focus on the differences and similarities of the major ethnic groups to the dominant American culture both nationally and locally. This course focuses on the increasing level of cultural diversity within the local communities and its impact on the education of students in grades K-12. Emphasis will be placed on the analysis of communication patterns, both written and spoken, of all groups. Students will analyze and research the elements of surface and deep culture. In addition, students will evaluate and develop effective curricular materials and instructional techniques that will enhance classroom learning.