Susan Hopewell's research foci include issues of language, culture, equity, and identity especially as they impact, or are affected by, bilingualism and related literacy practices at the elementary school level. Dr. Hopewell utilizes mixed-methods designs to conduct research focused on strengthening biliteracy education for Spanish – English bilingual children in the United States. Her current research studies examine the strategic use of Spanish during ELD literacy, the impact that teacher-student interactions have on bilingual writing development, the development of an instrument to guide general education teachers in their work with bilingual children, and a longitudinal K-5 biliteracy study aiming to reconceptualize the how we assess, interpret, and understand the development of biliteracy.
EDUC 5435 - Materials and Methods in Bilingual/ Multicultural Education
Provides an in-depth study of the curriculum options available for bilingual and ESL programs. Presents, reviews, and critiques specific methods and strategies for teaching language to minority students. Gives the opportunity to develop and present teaching units in Spanish or in ESL methodology, as appropriate.
EDUC 5455 - Literacy for Linguistically Different Learners
Presents current and emerging philosophies and methods on teaching reading to culturally diverse second-language learners. Includes review of materials, strategies for teaching reading and writing skills, and important considerations for transference from L1 to L2 reading.