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SPCL 7823 Seminar in Bilingual School Counseling: COURSE INFORMATION

Open Educational Resource (OER) created for Professor Elizalde-Utnick's SPCL 7823 course.


Course: SPCL 7823T
Credits: 3
Semester: Summer, 2021 - June 2 to July 7 
Instructors: Profs. Graciela Elizalde-Utnick & Daniela Bejarano
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Class Time: Mondays & Wednesdays 4:30 – 8:15 p.m.
Class meets via Zoom and uses Blackboard for the session quizzes and for uploading assignments


This course explores the psycholinguistics of bilingualism, memory, and emotions and how these processes are involved in bilingual counseling. Team-based learning methodology is integrated with online, synchronous and asynchronous learning activities to help students analyze real-life case scenarios in the context of the assigned readings. Synchronous class sessions will utilize Zoom to facilitate team-based and whole-class discussions of readings and case material. Experiential exercises will be incorporated into class instruction. The learning objectives for students are as follows (see syllabus for complete description and assessment criteria):

1. Increase knowledge of the affective dimension of the bilingual experience.

2. Critically reflect on the role of school counselors and school psychologists in their work with bilingual students.

3. Increase knowledge of bilingual counseling.

4. Enhance self-awareness regarding personal linguistic history.

​​​​​​​5. Demonstrate improved ability to work productively in a team.


Students are required to keep up-to-date on class readings and assignments, and to be active team members. If students miss a class, they miss whatever their team did. The team process is critical to learning, and the content of each session will be reflected on the midterm and final exams. Most teams, in real life and here, will forgive a single absence for which students have a really good reason, and be less forgiving of multiple or casual absences. More than one absence and/or tardiness will affect the course grade (two points per absence and one point for lateness). Attendance is taken at the beginning of class and it is expected that all students will be present at the start of class.  Brooklyn College abides to the state law regarding non-attendance because of religious beliefs. If you are unable to attend class in any occasion for religious reasons, please notify the professor in advance to make the necessary arrangements.

Audio and Video during Zoom Sessions: This course, which requires intense introspection, trains future clinicians who need to develop their observation skills. Class time will be used for clinical observation for supportive feedback. To this end, it is necessary for the video and audio technology to be turned on during the Zoom sessions in order to observe and analyze nonverbal communication. If in a given session a student cannot attend with the video on, please discuss this with the professor before the Zoom session.



Timely submission of work is an important professional attribute. All assignments are due on the dates indicated on the course calendar (press this link to see course calendar) . Work submitted late will be marked down accordingly at the discretion of the instructor. The only exception is when the student contacts the instructor before the assignment is due, and the instructor agrees to provide an exception to the due date based on the student’s extenuating circumstances. Assignments not submitted on the due date with no advance notice to the instructor will be penalized as specified in the assignment instructions (see individual rubrics). Grades on assignments will be lowered the designated number of points per week/day late, as measured by the beginning of the class period in which the assignment was due. If an assignment is not submitted by the end of the course, an additional five points will be deducted per assignment, on top of the late penalty.

Faculty Council has determined the following policy for Incomplete Grades:  A grade of Incomplete (INC) may be given at the discretion of the instructor when 1) a student has satisfactorily completed most, but not all, course requirements, and 2) a student provides to the instructor evidence documenting the extenuating circumstances that prevent the completion of course requirements by the end of the semester. Candidates receive grades of incomplete (INC) only when a situation beyond their control prevents them from completing course work.  It is important to note that grades of INC will only be given if the instructor determines the grade is appropriate given the unusual extenuating circumstances and such circumstances are documented by the student.   An incomplete grade in a course that is a prerequisite for another course must be cleared before the candidate can enter the next course. Final assignments not submitted on the due date at the end of the semester are given a grade of zero.


Students are expected to exhibit netiquette, which refers to etiquette on the internet. Students should follow the following guidelines:

1. Think before you post.

  • Consider others’ thoughts and feelings.
  • Would you say what you wrote in person?

2. Post messages that are relevant, scholarly, and civil, and not just “I agree.”

3. Stay on topic.

4. Do not dominate any discussion.

5. Keep an “open-mind” and be willing to express even your minority opinion.

6. Don’t double-post – edit your post rather than adding another post by yourself.

7. Use correct spelling, grammar, and plain English.

8. Use italics to emphasize important points; don’t use all caps.

9. Don’t use texting abbreviations.

10. Do not plagiarize.