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Bicultural-Bilingual Studies (BBL) Course Descriptions

Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies, College of Education and Human Development


BBL 2003  Language, Culture, and Society
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
The interdisciplinary study of language in its cultural and social contexts, with emphasis on linguistically heterogeneous communities. Topics include language and ethnicity, language and gender, language and social class, language acquisition, and oral and written language.

BBL 2023  Latino Cultural Expressions
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
An introductory overview of Hispanic visual, performing, and folk arts from their origins in the Iberian peninsula, through the later blending of cultures and their parallelism during revolutionary periods, to contemporary Latino expressions in the United States. (Same as MAS 2023. Credit cannot be earned for both BBL 2023 and MAS 2023.)

BBL 2033  Cultures of the Southwest
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
A panoramic study of the concept of culture and the social dynamics of exchange among those ethnic groups that determine the multicultural milieu of the Southwest. Examination of cultural differences and similarities among all peoples of the region and the role of multiculturalism in politics, education, economics, religion, and everyday life.

BBL 2243  Bilingual Families, Communities, and Schools
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Examination of the interrelationships among Latino bilingual families, communities, and schools as they relate to the achievement of children in the bilingual classroom. In addition, students will explore the role of ethnicity, gender, and class in the historical construction of schooling as it is today. Course offered in Spanish and English.

BBL 3013  Language Analysis and Bilingualism
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Survey of concepts in descriptive and contrastive linguistics; analysis of language contact phenomena, including cross-linguistic transfer, language alternation, and bilingualism. Offered in Spanish and English.

BBL 3023  Mexican American Culture
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
A survey of Mexican American cultural distinctiveness in the areas of biculturalism, cultural production, and social organization. Topics may include family and kinship, folklore, health, language, music, and religion.

BBL 3033  Mexican Americans in the Southwest
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Historical foundations of the United States–Mexico biculturalism in the Southwest. An examination of the historical forces that created and shaped the Mexican American people as a bicultural community. Attention is given to Mexican American contributions in arts, economics, literature, and politics. (Same as MAS 3033. Credit cannot be earned for both BBL 3033 and MAS 3033.)

BBL 3043  Social Psychological Considerations in Mexican American Communities
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
A cross-cultural and social psychological study of human development, interethnic communication, stereotyping, learning styles, or other topics relevant to the bicultural setting. (Same as MAS 3043. Credit cannot be earned for both BBL 3043 and MAS 3043.)

BBL 3053  Foundations of Bilingual Studies
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Investigation of the philosophies and theories of schooling in bilingual societies, with focus on language policy and the sociological, psychological, and legal aspects involved. A minimum of six hours of field experience is required. (Formerly BBL 4023. Credit cannot be earned for both BBL 3053 and BBL 4023.)

BBL 3133  Language Development in Bilinguals
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
A study of bilingual language development in its social and cultural contexts. Emphasis on factors affecting successful bilingual language development in schools and communities.

BBL 3143  Children’s Literature for Bilingual Learners
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Designed to familiarize students with oral and written children’s literature in bilingual programs. Focus is on bilingual students’ affective, linguistic, and literacy needs through appropriate instruction with authentic literature. Emphasis on Mexican American cultural experiences as well as universal themes. Taught in Spanish and English. A minimum of 10 hours of field-based experience is required.

BBL 3403  Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in a Pluralistic Society
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Examination of sociolinguistic and sociocultural principles central to culturally diverse settings, including the classroom. Topics include educational equity, segregated schooling, the achievement gap, hegemony, and social dominance theory. Various pedagogical practices will be explored to identify culturally inclusive responses. Fifteen hours of field experience are required.

BBL 4003  Spanish for Bilingual Instructional Delivery
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Designed to improve the Spanish proficiencies of bilingual classroom teachers. Study of the grammar, writing conventions, and vocabulary for effective communication and instructional delivery in a formal bilingual classroom setting. Taught in Spanish.

BBL 4013  Advanced Spanish for Bilingual Teaching and Learning
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: BBL 4003 or departmental permission.
Advanced study of formal academic Spanish for future bilingual educators. Extensive practice in reading and creating authentic didactic materials, instructional delivery, and effective communication with Spanish-speaking parents and community members. Taught in Spanish.

BBL 4033  Assessment, Learning, and Motivation in Bicultural-Bilingual Classrooms
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Admission to a Bilingual Generalist Teacher Certification Program; BBL 3053, RDG 3823, and successful completion of the ALPS (Assessment of Language Proficiency in Spanish) sequence. Must be taken concurrently with BBL 4063, BBL 4073, and BBL 4403 for Bilingual Generalist EC–6 Teacher Certification majors. Must be taken concurrently with BBL 4063 and BBL 4073 for Bilingual Generalist 4–8 Teacher Certification majors.
A survey of learning and motivation theory and examination of evaluation and assessment procedures in bicultural-bilingual settings, including formal and informal assessment of language proficiency and learning for instructional purposes. The appropriate use of standardized tests with language minority populations will be included. A minimum of 10 hours of directed field experience in elementary and/or middle school classrooms is required. Taught in Spanish and English.

BBL 4063  Bilingual Approaches to Content-Based Learning
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Admission to a Bilingual Generalist Teacher Certification Program; BBL 3053, RDG 3823, and successful completion of the ALPS (Assessment of Language Proficiency in Spanish) sequence. Must be taken concurrently with BBL 4033, BBL 4073, and BBL 4403 for Bilingual Generalist EC–6 Teacher Certification majors. Must be taken concurrently with BBL 4033 and BBL 4073 for Bilingual Generalist 4–8 Teacher Certification majors.
An investigation of appropriate first language usage in bilingual classrooms, focusing on the different content areas, appropriate terminology for native language instruction, and the study of languages distribution strategies. Twenty-five hours of directed field experience in elementary and/or middle school classrooms are required. Taught in Spanish.

BBL 4073  Language Arts in a Bicultural-Bilingual Program
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Admission to a Bilingual Generalist Teacher Certification Program; BBL 3053, RDG 3823, and successful completion of the ALPS (Assessment of Language Proficiency in Spanish) sequence. Must be taken concurrently with BBL 4033, BBL 4063, and BBL 4403 for Bilingual Generalist EC–6 Teacher Certification majors. Must be taken concurrently with BBL 4033 and BBL 4063 for Bilingual Generalist 4–8 Teacher Certification majors.
An examination of theories, instructional strategies, texts and materials for biliteracy development in the elementary bilingual classroom. Emphasis on the integrated use of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in content area teaching. Twenty-five hours of directed field experience in elementary and/or middle school classrooms are required. Taught in Spanish.

BBL 4353  Approaches to Teaching Science EC–6
(2-2) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Certification Program; BBL 3053, IDS 2403, IDS 2413, IDS 3201, and IDS 3211.
A study of pedagogical approaches, materials, and resources designed to support children’s meaningful exploration, discovery, and construction of basic concepts and skills in EC–Grade 6. Emphasis in the course will be on the interrelatedness of science in the daily lives of students, unifying concepts and processes common to all sciences, development of effective learning environments for science both inside and outside of the classroom, planning and implementation of inquiry-based science lessons, assessment of student learning, and the use of an integrated approach to teaching. Restricted course; advisor code required for registration. Field experiences required. (Same as C&I 4353. Credit cannot be earned for both BBL 4353 and C&I 4353.)

BBL 4403  Approaches to Teaching Mathematics EC–6
(2-2) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Admission to Bilingual Generalist EC–6 Teacher Certification Program; BBL 3053, RDG 3823, and successful completion of the ALPS (Assessment of Language Proficiency in Spanish) sequence. Must be taken concurrently with BBL 4033, BBL 4063, and BBL 4073 for Bilingual Generalist EC–6 Teacher Certification majors.
This course involves the study of instructional methods and materials that support diverse children’s meaningful exploration, discovery, and development of basic concepts and skills in mathematics from EC–Grade 6. Emphasizing a constructivist approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics, this course also advances the use of technology to facilitate mathematics understanding. Attention will be given to understanding the interrelatedness of mathematics and other content areas, creating effective learning environments, planning and implementing lesson plans to meet the differentiated needs of a wide variety of learners, and assessing student learning in mathematics. Restricted course; advisor code required for registration. Field experiences required. (Same as C&I 4403. Credit cannot be earned for both BBL 4403 and C&I 4403.)

BBL 4913  Independent Study
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) from the instructor, the student’s advisor, and the Department Chair in which the course is offered.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

BBL 4953  Special Studies in Bilingual and Bicultural Studies
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Studies may be repeated for credit when the topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree. To apply credit earned in BBL 4953 toward a minor, consent of the academic advisor in the COEHD Advising and Certification Center is required.


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