Spring 2024 - EDUC 468 E100

Sociocultural Perspectives on Language, Cognitive Development and EAL Instruction (4)

Class Number: 6568

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Mon, 4:30–8:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units including 6 units in Education courses.



Designed for prospective and beginning teachers to learn more about theory and research in language acquisition, sociocultural understandings of language development and thought, bilingualism and cognition, linguistic multicompetence. Exploring the implications of research and theory for the teaching and learning of EAL in classroom contexts.


The course is designed for prospective and beginning teachers of English as a second/additional language. It offers a brief review of language acquisition theories and focuses in particular on bilingualism and cognition, sociocultural understandings of language development and thought, linguistic multi-competence.


  • To evaluate the relative merits of different theoretical perspectives on language development and thought and consider their applications to EAL curriculum and instruction
  • To explore one’s own attitudes (and approaches) to language learning and teaching
  • To begin to develop an awareness of the sociopolitics surrounding different perspectives on language, cognition and language learning as impacting language curriculum and instruction
  • To develop an understanding of how instructional structures and practices shape learning and participation of students who learn English in school


  • Short weekly in-class quizzes (throughout the term) 10%
  • Pair/solo presentation on a recommended reading (throughout the term) 20%
  • Online discussion on required readings (throughout the term) 15%
  • Short essay on a topic of choice related to a course theme/themes 25%
  • Learning portfolio 20%
  • Active in-class participation 10%


No final exam.

Readings for the weekly presentations will be available either in the SFU library reserves or online through the library or occasionally as PDF files to be provided by the instructor.



Coelho, E. (2012). Language and Learning in Multilingual Classrooms: A Practical Approach. Don Mills, Ont.: Multilingual Matters. (online)

Li, X., Myles, J., Robinson, P. (2012). Teaching ESL in Canada. Oxford, UK: OUP. (in library reserves)

Piper, T. (2001). And then there were two: Childern and second language learning. North York, Ont. Pippin Publishing Corporation (online)


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