1:25p-3:20p W (15) 3 cr.
PREREQUISITE: G205 OR EQUIVALENT
This seminar will explore the relations between language and literacy,
considering such questions as: How is literacy defined? How does
literacy relate to knowledge of a language: what is the linguistic
basis of literacy? How, when, and why are written and spoken language
used: what leads to the choice of one rather than the other? How are
both spoken and written language related to social context? How do
We will read selections from a variety of books (including Shirley
Brice Heath's Ways with Words, Walter Ong's Orality and
Literacy, James Gee's Sociolinguistics and Literacies,
Kenneth Levine's The Social Context of Literacy and E.D.
Hirsch's Cultural Literacy). There will also be a reader
including a selection of articles.
We will follow a typical seminar format: our meetings will be
discussions, and each student will be responsible for presenting the
reading and beginning the discussion for one week. The final grade
will be based on that presentation, a seminar paper (15-20 pages, due
at the end of the course), and class participation.