Languages

 

Language, speech and communication problems in children

In this course we will learn about different problems that may appear in children due to hereditary, environmental or other factors. We will discuss impairments such as stuttering, hearing loss, autism and developmental delays. Each problem will be exemplified by reading articles, chapters in books and internet forums of parents conversing with speech and language therapists on how to deal with their children. Together we will think about the role of teachers of preschool and school age children
Elective Course
One-Semester Course

Normal language development in children

In this course we will learn about the stages and processes that children go through from birth to age eight in communication, speech and language. The universal principles that have been found in language acquisition will be described as well as those that are language specific. Examples from languages such as English, Hebrew, French and Russian will be discussed based on extensive research on these topics.
Elective Course
One-Semester Course

Developing thinking skills and meaningful teaching in the classroom

In this course we will become acquainted with several methods of developing thinking skills such as: De Bono's hats, Gardner's multiple intelligences, Perkin's and Schwarz's thinking culture in the classroom. The students will practice constructivist ways of teaching as well as thinking methods in their pedagogical experiences.
Elective Course
One-Semester Course

Bilingualism in early childhood

In this course we will learn about the different types of bilingualism such as simultaneous and successive. We will also discuss the stages of development from knowledge of basic skills in a second language to knowing its academic levels. Special emphasis will be devoted to the importance of mother tongue and the relationships between culture and language.
Elective Course
One-Semester Course