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SPCL 7823 Psycholinguistics, Bilingualism, & Counseling in Schools: HOME

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


Please read this entire page, as it will orient you to the course, including the teaching and learning methodology used. The syllabus and course calendar are located in the "Welcome to Course" box.


Graciela Elizalde-Utnick, Ph.D.
Phone: 718-951-5876
Office: 1107 James Hall
Office hours: Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00 p.m. and Thursdays, 11a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Section: T4A - Tuesdays, 4:30-7:00 p.m.

Classroom: 5606 James


Daniela Bejarano, MS.Ed.
Phone: 718-951-5876
Office: 1107 James Hall
Office hours: Tuesdays 4:00-4:30 p.m.

Section: T4B - Tuesdays, 4:30-7:00 p.m.

Classroom: 1103 James


Course Description from Brooklyn College Bulletin: Examination of the psycholinguistics of bilingualism and issues and techniques relevant to providing counseling services to culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students. Content and activities of the course are organized to meet the needs of practicing school counselors and school psychologists. Theory and experiential activities.

This course is an advanced multicultural counseling course that continues the process of multicultural competence and cultural humility development. Specifically, this course explores the psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics of bilingualism, memory, and emotions and how these processes are involved in bilingual counseling. In-person team-based learning methodology is integrated with asynchronous online learning activities to help students analyze real-life case scenarios in the context of the assigned readings. Experiential application activities will be incorporated into class instruction.

This course is divided into six modules:

Module 1: Working with Multilingual and Emergent Bilingual Students

Module 2: Introduction to Bilingual Counseling

Module 3: Bilingualism and Multilingualism

Module 4: Bilingualism and Identity

Module 5: Bilingualism, Memory, Emotion, & Counseling

Module 6: Counseling Bilingual Students in Schools


Welcome to SPCL 7823T, Psycholinguistics, Bilingualism, & Counseling in Schools.

All the readings and materials that you will need for the course are located on this website. Any text highlighted in blue is a live link. Each session link is filled with resources, and students are encouraged to preview the class material prior to each session and then review the material after each class. The learning process is cumulative, with each session integrating the content from earlier sessions.

Explore this website, the SYLLABUS, and COURSE CALENDAR before our first class on Tuesday, January 30, 2024. Note that there are assigned tasks to be completed prior to our first class session. Go to the SESSIONS tab to see the Task List prior to each session. The password for some of the readings is posted on Blackboard (Announcements).

View the video, Make Your Reading Count, which highlights how to take notes when doing the readings to improve retention.

View the Class Participation Meme for a comical reflection on how it sometimes feels to be called on by your professor.

View the video, Speak Up In Class, which highlights some strategies to help students with class participation.

Use of Technology In the Classroom: Research shows that taking handwritten notes helps students to retain knowledge; therefore, it is essential that students take handwritten notes during our class sessions. Computers, tablets, and phones can be used to access readings during application activities that directly utilize them. It is also important to be completely present during our sessions, as we are training important counseling skills that are critical in work with clients. Electronic devices pose a distraction, in addition to fostering a lower level of cognitive processing during academic tasks, compared with taking notes by hand. If you have questions about using technology, please discuss that with the instructor.

Course Grades: Your course grades are inputted on Blackboard. But you can use the following link to input your grades on an Excel spreadsheet to see how you are doing in your progress toward your final course total score and grade:

      Course Grade Spreadsheet Link


These are former students in SPCL 7823 with Prof. Elizalde-Utnick. They are discussing and deciding on the best seating arrangement when conducting a counseling session with a parent and interpreter.

This course will be using aspects of Team-Based Learning (TBL) pedagogy ( TBL increases students’ understanding of course concepts by using them to solve authentic, real-world problems and help them develop their workplace learning skills.

The Rhythm of TBL

TBL courses have a recurring pattern of instruction that is typical of many flipped classrooms. Students prepare before class and then spend the bulk of class time engaging in application activities and solving problems together. Each session has a similar rhythm, opening with the Readiness Assurance Process that prepares the students for the activities that follow, and then moving to Application Activities that explore real-life case scenarios and apply concepts described in the readings.

Phase 1 - Pre-Class Preparation: Students are assigned preparatory materials to review before start of each module. The preparatory materials can be textbook chapters, articles, videos, or PowerPoint slides. The preparatory materials should highlight foundational vocabulary and the most important concepts the student need to begin problem solving, but not everything they need to know by module end.

Phase 2 - Readiness Assurance Test (RAT): Each session will begin with a five-question, multiple-choice quiz (RAT). The RATs hold students accountable for acquiring important foundational knowledge from the assigned readings that will prepare them to begin problem-solving during the class sessions. Students first complete the quiz individually (iRAT) and then repeat the same exact quiz with their team (tRAT).

Phase 3 - In-Class Application Activities: Students and their teams use the foundational knowledge, acquired in the first two phases, to make decisions that will be reported during the whole-class discussions and subject to cross-team discussion and critique. The class will use a variety of methods to have students report their team’s decision at the end of each activity. Sometimes students will hold up colored cards indicating a specific choice, sometimes they will write their answer on small whiteboards, sometimes they will display their work gallery style for the other teams to comment, and other times they will complete short worksheets or surveys, which will be randomly reported to the rest of the class.

Credits: TBL in-class activity image is a TBL cartoon from Sibley and Spiridonoff at the Centre for Instructional Support, University of British Columbia. 


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This open educational resource was created as part of the CUNY and SUNY 2017-19 Open Educational Resources Initiatives. Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NY State Legislature awarded CUNY and SUNY $16 million to implement open educational resources to develop, enhance and institutionalize new and ongoing open educational resources across both universities.

Special thanks to the CUNY Office of Academic Affairs, the CUNY Office of Library Services, Brooklyn College Administration and Professor Miriam Deutch, Coordinator, Brooklyn College Open Educational Resources Initiative. Site design and formatting by Colin McDonald, OER Developer.