SL Education (optiona, please see instructions)
It is a final paper(an argument essay) for an Education course. The course name is Cognition and Language in ESL Instruction”.
This is the instruction on my course syllabus:
Final paper-due April 3rd
For your final paper, you can choose any topic that you are passionate about, but stay within the frames of this course. Suggested themes include: cognition and language, L2 syntax and vocabulary acquisition, L2 reading and writing skills, speech and cognitive development and the nature of language. Make sure to connect these themes to ESL instruction and/or curriculum development. Reflect on your own practice before and after taking this course and briefly discuss your future development as a teacher. Use primarily readings from this course, but also include other texts that you have found on your own or that have been assigned to you in the past. HOwever, it is important that you place most of your attention on this course readings. ”
Ill list some of my course readings here:
Cognition and language:
Biesta, GJ. Critical Thinking and the Question of critique. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 20. NL: Kluwer Online, 2001 ISSN: 00393746, pp.57-74
The stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy,. Connectionism. /html. US: Indiana University, 2003
L2 Writing skills:
Hyland, K. Genre based pedagogies. Journal of Second Language Writing, 12. US: pergamon, 2002 pp.17-29
speech and cognitive development:
Vygotsky, L. (1978). In L.S. Vygotsky, Mind in society (19-30) (31-37)(38-51)(79-91)(92-104) (105-119) London: Harvard University Press
The natural of language:
Sotirou, P. (1993) Articulating a hermeneutic pedagogy: The Philosophy of interpretation. Journal of advanced composition, 13, 365-380.
Gadamer, H.G. (2004). Language as experience of the world. In H.G.Gadamer, Truth and method (pp.438-456). New YOrk: The continuum International Group Inc.
Raab, J. (1990). A discussion with Jacques Derrida. The Wrtiting Instructor, 7-18.
Reynolds, J. (1999). Deconstruction in the composition classroom. Teaching English in the Two-Year College, 26, 254-261.
Ellis, D.G. (1991). Post-structuralism and language: NOn-sense. Communication MOnographs, 58, 213-224
Im not going to list all of them. I think those are enough. I prefer topics like syntax and vocabulary acquisition, L2 reading and writing skill, how Id develop curriculum for my ESL class, teaching immigration…anything that shows my philosophy of teaching in ESL classroom. Please decide on the topic first and use at least three sources from the listed readings, and also choose one or two additional readings from other sources. The prof said that sentences which start with I think, I believe, I assume…are encouraged to use. English is my second language and Ive already handed in my own writing through the semester. So, please do not make it look too perfect. It is not hard to get a good grade from this prof. She focus on the content mainly.
Thats all I need to say. For any further questions, please contact me. Thanks a lot.