COURSE INFORMATION

​Course Number ​Title ​GE
BLMC156 American Sign Language I Y
This is an introductory course that focuses on establishing expressive and receptive skills in ASL. It will place emphasis on the fundamentals of grammar, syntax, vocabulary, and culture. This course will develop basic ability using social and cultural aspects of the language. This course requires a great amount of preparation outside scheduled class meetings.
BLMC158 Service Learning Experiences in American Sign Language
This course stresses application of the student's knowledge of ASL and the culture of deaf Americans. Students will reinforce their skills while teaching others in a service-learning environment. The course provides students with opportunities to serve the community using their skills and knowledge of ASL.
BLMC180 Academic Study Skills for Non-Native Speakers
This course is designed for English as a second language (ESL) college students to address the same needs as the Oiler Experience. The following skills are emphasized: reading skills (e.g., skimming, scanning, reading for meaning), note-taking, outlining, summary writing, essay exam writing, library research, objective test practice, participating in class discussion, and giving oral presentations.
BLMC200 Hist,Phil & Prog Models for Bilingual Educ and ESL Programs Y
This course offers an overview of the historical treatment of bilingualism socially and educationally in the United States and other countries. It provides an examination of the legal history of federal and state legislation and regulations affecting bilingual and ESL education in the United States. This course is a survey of philosophical approaches to bilingualism including assimilation, cultural diversity, and program models. Various approaches to parental and community involvement across the United States will be examined. It is an examination of social and pedagogical conflicts evident in educational systems involving students whose language, values, and culture differ from those of the dominant society.
BLMC210 Language Acquisition in Human Development
This course is an overview of language acquisition theory as it pertains to both first language development and foreign/second language development. Language acquisition will be examined from a linguistic, a psychological (developmentally and cognitively), and a social framework. Commonly held approaches to language teaching and their validity to successful acquisition will be explored.
BLMC220 Introduction to Culture: Bridging Differences Y
This course, taught in English, will address cultural issues and will help students develop the necessary understanding and skills related to dealing with diverse populations. Cultural similarities as well as differences will be examined as they apply to specific minority and majority cultures on the University campus.
BLMC240 Introduction to International Studies Y
This course is an introduction to the field of international studies designed to provide a foundation of knowledge upon which the student can pursue more detailed studies related to international topics. Students will be encouraged to think on a global, as opposed to parochial, basis. The course content will be structured around four general areas: social and cultural issues, politics, economics, and religion. The course will derive its cohesiveness from either a central theme or a common core of ideas that runs through each of the four content areas. GE credit may be taken to fulfill either a social science or foreign language/culture requirement.
BLMC245 Experiences in TESOL
In this experience-oriented course, students will apply basic skills and knowledge of TESOL to an outside-of-classroom context to deepen their understanding of the subject. Based on an agreement with the instructor, a student engages in various activities (e.g., tutoring English to non-speakers of English, participating in a TESOL conference) outside of the classroom. Subject to approval, up to four credit hours will be granted according to the nature and the length of the experience. This course may count toward a major as an elective for up to three hours.
BLMC255 Second Semester American Sign Language Y
Prerequisite: BLMC 156 or permission of the instructor This second semester course will expand grammatical/syntactical knowledge acquired in the first semester course. Students will develop further abilities to use this visual language in a culturally and socially appropriate manner. Using a functional/ notation approach, students will gain insight to the application of the grammatical and non-manual features of the language. Most instruction will be conducted through interactive performance between students and the instructor or among fellow students.
BLMC270 Cross-Cultural Communication
Prerequisite: permission of instructor This course is designed to introduce students to diverse cultures through direct interaction. This course is repeatable up to three semester hours.
BLMC280 Linguistics & English Grammar
Teachers must understand the nature of language to teach it effectively. This course will introduce students to the study of linguistics and terminology, including phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics, and give a descriptive view of the grammatical structure of English. It will also discuss error analysis, comparative liguistics, language variation, and communicative competence with special attention to bilingual/ESL settings.
BLMC300 Lang Acquisition & Assessment of First and Second Language
This course provides an overview of first and second language acquisition theories. Students will have the opportunity to learn formal and informal methods of assessing language proficiency, how to prepare classroom tests, analyze language proficiency and placement tests, interpret test results, inform students, parents and community, make instructional decisions, use assessment terminology, multifaceted assessment, self-assessment, and instructional strategies for testing oral language, reading, and writing in a second language. Entry/exit criteria for bilingual/ESL programs will be presented. Learning disabilities, handicapped and gifted bilingual students assessment and instructional strategies are covered.
BLMC310 TESOL Methods for Early & Middle Childhood
Analyses of ESL instructional materials, learning theories, learning styles, and strategies applicable are discussed. This course includes a discussion of impact of technology on early and middle childhood education for younger learners and of computer software available. The development of contextualized and Sheltered English lesson plans, thematic units, discussions on emergent literacy and using literature and patterned books to teach reading and phonics in an ESL classroom will be covered in this course. Ohio and TESOL standards will be discussed and included in lesson planning.
BLMC320 TESOL Methods for Adolescents & Adults
This course offers an analysis of ESL instructional materials, learning theories, learning styles, and strategies, and discussion of impact of technology (including available computer software) on early- and middle-childhood education for younger learners. Basic listening, communication, reading, and writing approaches; corrective pronunciation, personality factors and innovative teaching techniques as applicable to the adolescent and adult second language learner will be presented. Ohio and TESOL standards will be discussed and included in lesson planning.
BLMC330 International Living/Study/Intrn
This course involves residence, study, or work experience in a non-native country for a designated period of time. Semester hour(s) will be determined according to the length of the experience and the nature of the assignments.
BLMC340 Current Issues in Internat. Stud Y
Prerequisite: BLMC 240 Building on material learned in BLMC 240, this team-taught course will employ a case-study approach combining political, economic, historical, and socio-cultural modes of analysis to problems of global significance. The course is intended to provide students with a solid understanding of important contemporary international issues and events, and to hone the analytic tools by means of which students may understand future developments in international relations. Cases might include problems in the Mid-East, Northern Ireland, Cuba, Canada, or Bosnia; famine in North Korea; financial difficulties in Asia; global environmental concerns; terrorism; the role of the United Nations; U.S.-China relations and Most Favored Nation (MFN) status; genocide in Africa (or elsewhere); and so forth.
BLMC343 Hispanic/Latino Influences in US Y
This course presents an overview of the history, immigration movements, and cultural traditions of the major Hispanic/Latino groups residing in the U.S. today. It examines important contributions that Spanish speakers have made to the multicultural fabric of American life (art, literature, music, politics, sports, business, and the professions). It also explores current political and social issues of concern to Hispanics. The course materials focus on contemporary media including film, periodicals and newspapers, popular music, and the Internet.
BLMC350 African-American Influences in the United States Y
This course presents an interdisciplinary overview of Afrocentrism and its proper place in a multicultural democracy such as ours. The course examines the life and composites of African-Americans from several perspectives (e.g., historical, psychological, social, and cultural) and recognizes the many contributions African-Americans have made to all segments of American life (e.g., government, business, the arts, sciences, and space research to name a few).
BLMC410 Teaching Content Areas in a Bilingual/ESL Setting
This course will highlight methods of teaching social studies, math, science, and language arts in a bilingual/ESL classroom setting, including Ohio's grade level learning outcomes. Analysis of current mainstream and ESL teaching materials; strategies and techniques for adapting materials; discussion of impact of technology on second language education for early and middle childhood learners, and of computer software available; learning strategies; Sheltered English, and the Cognitive Academic Language Learning Approach (CALLA) will be focused upon.
BLMC430 Sociolinguistics in a Classroom Setting
This course provides an overview of social realities such as class, ethnicity, age, gender, and style on language use in society. It involves relating language variation, register, style, dialects, code- switching, bilingualism, and communicative competence to the bilingual/ESL classroom to determine their effect on learning.
BLMC480 Practicum/Field Work in TESOL
Prerequisite: BLMC 310 or 320 or permission of the instructor This is an advanced course that focuses upon supervised field work and/or experiences in the teaching of English as a second language. Students' activities will include classroom observation, classroom teaching and/or tutoring in Intensive English Language Program (IELP), local schools, or schools in foreign countries.
BLMC494 Seminar in International Studies
Prerequisites: BLMC 240, 340; COMM 340; GEOG 101 This course work will 1) present students with the opportunity to apply much of the information from the program curriculum; 2) require students to develop a major research paper or project on a problem, event, or issue of significance in international studies; and 3) provide a vehicle for the International Studies Program faculty to further assess the success/failure of the program.
BLMC495 Seminar in Bilingual/ESL Educ.
This is a capstone course that can be considered final preparation for the actual work of teaching. The course will be approached primarily from a discussion format based on a carefully selected set of readings that highlight current critical issues in bilingual/ESL instruction, demographic and immigration patterns, cultural aspects/values of various groups in the United States and Ohio, portfolio preparation, reflective teaching, self-assessment, and community/family involvement.