Courses

Language and Learning

IFS course instructor photo

Beth Lewis Samuelson

Dr. Sam teaches classes for future language teachers (English as a second language, German, French, Spanish, etc.) and researches language policy in East Africa. She has been a faculty advisor for the IU Books & Beyond project since its beginning in 2008. She enjoys traveling with undergraduates to Rwanda to work in an English holiday camp for elementary students and gets them involved in research on how young learners are invested in literacy in English and other languages. In addition to teaching classes in the School of Education, she is a member of the African Studies Program in the School of Global and International Studies.

This course is designed to provide you with an intercultural foundation for purposeful learning about language and culture for effective participation in a cosmopolitan, interconnected world. The readings, class activities and assignments blend practical and social experiences that help you explore what it means to be a multilingual, cosmopolitan, and culturally aware individual. We will focus on the opportunities for cultural immersion and language learning while at Indiana University, as well as strategies for a lifelong pursuit of linguistic and sociolinguistic cosmopolitanism. We will explore current language-related issues such as bilingualism, multilingualism, translingualism, dialects and accents, language-in-education policy, language learning and teaching, basic principles of English linguistics, and content area language learning.

 

Explicit knowledge about language and self-directed activity in language learning are valuable for your studies in an interdisciplinary spectrum of academic majors. In this spirit, we will explore together the benefits that can be derived from developing knowledge about language, how they work, and how people express their ideas, identities and ideologies through language.

GenEd Information: Currently approved for the IU Bloomington GenEd SH requirement. See the GenEd Website for more information.

Catalog Information: EDUC-L 239 LANGUAGE AND LEARNING

IFS course instructor photo

Beth Lewis Samuelson

Dr. Sam teaches classes for future language teachers (English as a second language, German, French, Spanish, etc.) and researches language policy in East Africa. She has been a faculty advisor for the IU Books & Beyond project since its beginning in 2008. She enjoys traveling with undergraduates to Rwanda to work in an English holiday camp for elementary students and gets them involved in research on how young learners are invested in literacy in English and other languages. In addition to teaching classes in the School of Education, she is a member of the African Studies Program in the School of Global and International Studies.

Language and Learning

Language and Learning : Courses: Intensive Freshman Seminars: Indiana University Bloomington