General Info

Course: PRLS 4420 M5
Title: English as a New Language for Emergent Bilingual Children


Professor: J. Torres Arroyo
Google Voice: 201- 691-7248
Office Hours: 5-6 pm Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Course Description

Development of English as a new language for emergent bilinguals and Latin@s in bilingual programs.  Techniques for English oral language and literacy across content areas; first-and-second language acquisition and translanguaging theory application. Legal rights. Adapting teaching strategies and materials. Formative and summative assessments. Fieldwork.

Pre-requisites: English 1010 or permission of the chairperson.
Co-requisites: 28 hours of fieldwork.

Course themes

  • Best practices in teaching ELLs
  • Ways to approach reading instruction and structure lessons
  • Ways to teach academic language and navigate informational text
  • Strategies for learning ELLs background and engaging families

Learning Goals and Objectives

After this course, students will understand and critique the varied philosophies, approaches, policies, and methods of teaching multi-lingual students while also engaging in the design and implementation of instructional materials that integrate content and language learning utilizing students’ rich linguistic diversity.

  1. To develop a critical understanding of multiple perspectives to challenge conventional narratives. Students will understand various theoretical frameworks reflecting on their implications and practical consequences for Puerto Rican/Latinx, Caribbean, and/or Latin Americas. Students will also be able to critiques concepts such as justice, rights, advocacy, and citizenship vis a vis Puerto Rican/Latinx communities, the Caribbean, and/or Latin America.
  2. To explore and develop leadership skills as it pertains to advocacy for all students, including Puerto Rican and Latinx communities. Students will demonstrate leadership and/or mentorship skills by organizing and facilitating workshops, activities, and/or class sessions.

Grading policy and course requirements

  • Class Attendance and participation: 10% (Lectures, discussions)
  • Exams – Based on the Readings (4): 40%
  • Oral Presentation: 10% See Rubric (topic based on the readings)
  • Observation Reflection (1) Essay: 10%
  • Observations/Participation (28 Hours): 20 % (Forms/Logs in Hard Copy)
  • Final Project Unit – 2 Lesson Plans – PPT Presentation of one lesson: 10%
    • (see details on last page- to be uploaded to Blackboard)
    • See Rubric

Reading Materials

Our class uses an Open Education Resources (OER) in replacement of the textbo ok and is therefore a Zero Cost course.

This means there is no textbook students need to purchase. All materials are available freely to students online on the PRLS 4420 OER website (what you are on right now).

Academic Integrity

Plagiarism is the presentation of anyone else’s work or words as one’s own. Plagiarism and cheating of any kind are not acceptable. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves the CUNY Academic Integrity policy available on the CUNY and Brooklyn College websites. The Brooklyn College Academic Integrity policy states that anyone who is found to have plagiarized or cheated on any assignment will fail the assignment and/or course and the violation will be reported.

NOTE: If you have a question about how to cite correctly ask your teacher BEFORE submitting your work.

The faculty and administration of Brooklyn College support an environment free from cheating and plagiarism. Each student is responsible for being aware of what constitutes cheating and plagiarism and for avoiding both. The complete text of the CUNY Academic Integrity Policy and the Brooklyn College procedure for policy implementation can be found at If a faculty member suspects a violation of academic integrity and, upon investigation, confirms that violation, or if the student admits the violation, the faculty member MUST report the violation.

Blackboard Help

Writing Help

Accessibility and Disability

  • The Center for Student Disability Services is working remotely at this time. Please email them at for assistance.
  • Students should inform the professor if they have a disability or any other situation that may require Section 504/ADA accommodations. The faculty and staff will attempt to work out whatever arrangements are necessary.
  • Please provide me with your course accommodation form and discuss your specific accommodation with me as soon as possible to ensure accommodations are met in a timely fashion.
  • In order to receive academic accommodations students must first be registered with the Center for Student Disability Services. Students who have a documented disability or who suspect that they might have a disability are invited to set up an appointment with the Director of the Center for Student Disability Services, Ms. Valerie Stewart-Lovell or the Assistant Director, Josephine Patterson or their general email

Center for Academic Advisement and Student Success

The mission of the Center for Academic Advisement and Student Success is to assist undergraduate students in establishing, monitoring, and achieving graduation requirements. The CAASS is working remotely at this time. Go to the CAASS site or go directly to schedule a zoom counseling meeting.

Bereavement Leave


  • Students who experience the death of a loved one must contact the Division of Student Affairs, 2113 Boylan Hall, if they wish to implement either the Standard Bereavement Procedure or the Leave of Absence Bereavement Procedure. The Division of Student Affairs has the right to request a document that verifies the death (e.g., a funeral program or death notice). Contact Email:
  • Typically, this death involves that of a family member, in parallel to the bereavement policy for faculty and staff. However, it is up to the discretion of the Division of Student Affairs to determine if a death outside of the immediate family warrants implementation of the student bereavement policy.
  • As an option, and in consultation with the Division of Student Affairs, students may take the Leave of Absence Bereavement after the Standard Bereavement.
  • Reference to the Student Bereavement Policies will be noted on course syllabi.
  • Students requesting a religious accommodation should contact the Division of Student Affairs as well. The chief student affairs officer, or a designee, and the student will engage in an interactive process with the goal of finding an acceptable accommodation.


  • Upon approval from the Division of Student Affairs, the student is allowed one week, commencing from the day of notification to the Division of Student Affairs, of excused absence.
  • Should the student feel that he/she needs additional days, these should be discussed with individual course instructors and/or the Division of Student Affairs.
  • The Division of Student Affairs will contact the student’s faculty and academic staff of the student’s courses.
  • Faculty and academic staff will be advised that extensions must be granted to the student for the period of one week of excused absence.
  • Further extensions may be negotiated with the student when he or she returns to campus.
  • Students are encouraged to discuss options with their instructors.

Leave of Absence Bereavement Procedure

  • Students may be allowed to withdraw from the semester in which the death occurs.
  • The Bereavement Leave of Absence is for one semester only.
  • Students who have opted to take the Bereavement Leave of Absence and have already attended classes for the semester of the leave will be allowed to re-enter the following semester without having to reapply to the college.
  • Students who wish to take the leave of absence prior to the beginning of the semester will be required to reapply for the following semester.
  • Students who are in good academic standing will be given the opportunity to successfully complete the credits for the semester in which they return.
  • Students will consult with the Division of Student Affairs, on a case-by-case basis, as to whether they should withdraw from their courses during this leave of absence or to request incompletes from the faculty member.
  • Given that there may be a potential impact on financial aid, students who receive financial aid and who take the Bereavement Leave of Absence, upon arrangement with the Division of Student Affairs, will meet with a financial aid adviser prior to taking this option.

Mental Health Resources

Brooklyn College Personal Counseling Services

To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA)

  • TWLOHA is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.

Crisis Text Line

  • A free, 24/7, confidential text message service for people in crisis.
  • Text TWLOHA to 741-741

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

  • 1-800-273-8255

Get some Headspace

Resources for Students in Crisis with COVID

Campus Updates on COVID

National COVID-19 Student Support Guide

  • Description: This guide, organized by Edquity, aims to help students in crisis get assistance with food, housing, healthcare, mental health, and provide other resources that students can benefit from during the pandemic.URL for National COVID-19 Student Support Guide

Surviving COVID-19: A #RealCollege Guide for Students

  • About: Dear college students: We know this is a time of tremendous stress and uncertainty. Please know that you are not alone. Your needs are legitimate, and you deserve support. This guide addresses common needs and offers resources. We also urge you to seek support from your college or university. We want you to be healthy and continue your education. We believe in you. — The Hope Center Team. URL for Surviving COVID-19

Aunt Bertha

  • Description: Search for free or reduced cost services like medical care, food, job training, and more.URL for Aunt Bertha

Young Invincibles New York 2020 Resource Document

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) COVID19 Resource and Information Guide

  • Description: NAMI educates and provides assistance for those who are dealing with mental illnesses and their families. The resource and information guide can help in dealing with overwhelming emotions that arise during the pandemic. URL for NAMI