Globalization, Language, and Literacy


This curriculum unit, although designed for undergraduate and graduate level university courses, can be altered for various grade and age levels. The focus of this unit is two fold: First, for speech-language pathologists and other language and communication professionals, it focuses on the ways literacy should be redefined based on the current context of globalization, and on the consequences that globalization has on interactions between dominant and dominated languages and how those interactions inform the way these professions support language and literacy development. Second, for schoolteachers, this unit could be used to help them explain the consequences of globalization on language and literacy, and then identify ways to mitigate those consequences with the changing population in their classrooms.   


  1. To explain the context that gives this topic – language and literacy - meaning and utility in the field of communication sciences and in our daily lives
  2. To explain the consequences of globalization (the context) and its implications for language and literacy
  3. To develop mini-lessons that will support language and literacy development across multiple languages and cultural practices
  4. To adapt a theoretical approach to explain their approach to providing culturally competence communication services

About the author(s)

Yvette D. Hyter, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Western Michigan University

Location Information

Artifact Box Name: Globalization, Language and Literacy
Reference Number: #101650

Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency (KRESA)
1819 East Milham Avenue
Portage, MI 49002