History, Politics, and Law in Bilingual Education

Course Details

Course Number: EDBE 5013  Section Number: 180

Fall 2010

Location: Dillard College of Business Administration

Classroom Number: 328

Days & Times:

Tuesdays-5:30-8:20 PM.

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. David Barbosa   
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Course Objectives

An overview of the historical, political, and legal origins of Bilingual/ESL Education, as well as, an examination of the current issues impacting the delivery of educational services to English Language Learners in the United States.


1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the influence immigration in the U. S. has on the education of ELLs .

2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the impact politics and legislation, state and national, have on the language development of ELLs.

3. Students shall demonstrate an understanding of the influence the courts/laws have on the education of ELLs.

4. Students will demonstrate an understanding of strategies and initiatives which will empower them to advocate for ELLs.

Course Expectations

Students will be responsible for reading the assigned chapters in the textbook, as well as, other resources utilized by the professor. Students are expected to complete 1-2 page reflections which articulate their reaction/response to the assigned readings. Mastery of the course will be demonstrated through quizzes, completed assignments, class discussions, exams, and learning community research and presentations.


1. Active Participation:

the course will be conducted utilizing lecture, multi-media, case studies, group work,and reflective writing. Students are expected to be active participants in their learning. Students are expected to exhibit professional attitudes and behavior at all times.

2. Research Paper:

Each student will identify , select, research, and describe a specific issue which impacts ELL students. The paper shall be no less than 5 double spaced pages. Students are to utilize APA writing guidelines.

3. Learning Community Presentation:

Students are to form learning communities comprised of a minimum of 3 members and no more than 4 members. Each learning community will conduct an extensive study of a pertinent issue which directly influences ELLs. This study shall result in a well planned, engaging multi-media presentation to the class.

4. a final examination covering the scope of the course will be administered consisting of true/false, multiplechoice, short answer and essay questions.

Grading Standards

Course Performance  Assessment:

1. Class participation/in class activities 20%

2. Reading reflections 20%

3. Research paper 20%

4. Learning community presentation 20%

5. Final examination 20%

Final Exam12/7/2010  

Submission Format Policy

Submittal of assignments is not sufficient for an A in the course. Quality of work is carefully reviewed. Correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling are expected in written assignments. Due dates for assignments will be determined collaboratively by the class members.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Assignments submitted late will result in a reduced grade.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Students are expected to attend all classes. the professor is aware of and understands the professional responsibilities inherent in the education profession. If your professional responsibilities prevent you from attending class, please inform the professor prior to the absence.

Other Policies


By enrolling in this course, students expressly grant MSU a limited right in all intellectual property created by the student for this course. This includes the right of the professor to reproduce the student work in order to verify originality, authenticity, and educational purposes.

Cell Phones:

Classroom disruption because of cell phones is prohibited. Electronic devices applied for a learning purpose in the class may be permitted at the professor's discretion.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.