The LLC community brings together faculty and students with interests in the areas of first and second language acquisition, ESL, bilingual and world language education, reading, writing, children’s literature, multicultural education, multiliteracies, oral communication, information processing, critical thinking, media literacy, multimodality, creativity/innovation, global awareness, cultural competency, problem-solving, teamwork/collaboration, self-directed learning and leadership. We strive to create a dynamic synergy among these areas in order to better address the needs of all learners in a diverse society.
The LLC community seeks students committed to researching language, literacy and culture as negotiating participation in communities, expressing and developing social identities, and the study of ideologies and power relations to transform schools, communities, and the broader society.
The LLC community promotes adopting a scholarly engagement approach to research; a teacher-as-researcher stance to professional development; a critical and functional view of language and language learning; and a recursive focus on issues concerning social justice and the institutional and political contexts influencing public education.
The LLC Practitioner Program is nationally recognized by National
Council for Accreditation in Teacher Educators (NCATE), Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and the International Association of Reading (IRA).
The Language, Literacy and Culture (LLC) concentration offers the following degrees:
Additionally, LLC faculty have formed the ACCELA Alliance (Access through Critical Content and English Language Acquisition), an award winning, federal and state-funded professional development collaboration among UMass Amherst, the Springfield, Holyoke and Amherst, Mass., public school districts, and several community organizations in western Massachusetts. ACCELA supports academic literacy development of linguistically and culturally diverse students attending public schools by providing their teachers with data-driven professional development opportunities.
A complete listing of the required courses, links to course descriptions and the LLC student handbook can be found on the LLC website.
Concentration Coordinator: K.C. Nat Turner (Assistant Professor)
Theresa Austin (Professor), Maria Jose Botelho (Assistant Professor), Meg Gebhard (Associate Professor), Denise K. Ives (Assistant Professor), Nelida Matos (Lecturer and Coordinator of the ESL/Reading Licensure Program), Kysa Nygreen (Assistant Professor), Laura Valdiviezo (Assistant Professor), Jerri Willett (Professor).