LEWISTON – The University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College will offer a number of graduate courses for teachers in the fall semester that begins Aug. 30. The courses will be delivered through USM’s College of Education and Human Development. While some classes are full, enrollment remains open for the following three-credit courses:

EDU 521 Electronic Literacy, Mondays, 4 to 6:30 p.m.: The course offers educators and librarians a hands-on experience in the uses of the Internet in kindergarten through 12 education. It covers electronic mail, online conferencing, academic and educational resources, online learning techniques, electronic research and construction of individual home pages.

Participants will learn to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of online resources; integrate the Internet into the curriculum; use the Internet for professional development; compose and publish home pages; and analyze pedagogical, legal, social, ethical and economic issues embedded in electronic literacy.

EDU 559 Aspects of Reading for Multilingual Learner, Tuesdays, 4 to 6:30 p.m.: The course examines the role of the literacy for learners of linguistic and cultural diversity. The influence of first language on reading in another language, contrasting differences between first and second language reading, the role of vocabulary and aspects of comprehension are among the topics of study.

The differences between learning how to read in a second language for the first time and reading English with first language literacy are highlighted.

SED 540 Teaching the Exceptional Child, alternate Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.: The course is an introduction to the characteristics and needs of special education students. Topics will include understanding characteristics of students with disabilities, implementing instructional strategies, working with parents and understanding state and federal laws and policies.

SED 611 Nature and Needs of Exceptional Learners, Saturdays, 11 a.m. to noon: The course will focus on the unique characteristics and educational and social/emotional needs of children and youth who display a range of learning and behavioral difficulties, including learning disabilities, mild forms of developmental delay and mild to moderate forms of behavioral and adjustment problems. (ITV course).

Registration is open and continues through the first week of classes. The complete fall semester listing and course descriptions are available on-line at www.usm.maine.edu/lac/schedules Call 753-6530 for registration assistance.

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