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This course introduces students to the formal study of language as a uniquely human system of communication. Students examine major approaches in such subfields of linguistics as phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics and sociolinguistics. The focus of the course is on exploring how the systematic study of language informs best practices of teaching English as a second language.
This course will introduce students to a variety of theoretical approaches in the field of second language acquisition, including universal grammar, monitor theory, sociocultural theory, cognitive theory, and critical applied linguistics. Special attention will be paid to the role of individual learner factors, gender, ethnicity, social class, and educational context in the process of second language acquisition. Students will examine both the processes and the effects of acquiring a second language in childhood and in adulthood in terms of identity construction, social justice, and individual and community linguistic rights.
This course will introduce students to a variety of methodological approaches in the field of Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL). Students will explore each method within its historical context and examine it at the level of underlying second language theories, design, and procedures. The course is built upon a critical awareness that there is not one best method to discover and apply, but that teachers need to develop their own philosophy and practices of teaching that are specific to their educational contexts and the needs of learners. The course will be useful to students new to the field of TESOL and experienced teachers interested in current postmodern pedagogies.
Drawing from landmark and contemporary research on second language writers in high school, college, outside of the curriculum, online, and in the workplace, this course focuses on issues related to second language writing, examining such topics as second language writing development; written accent contrastive rhetoric; biliteracy as a resource for writing; identity in second language writing; and inclusive and equitable writing pedagogy and assessment.
This course will focus on the many sociolinguistic issues which relate to TESOL, such as the politics of bilingual education, world englishes, ownership of English, English as a colonizing force, and the myth of monolingualism in U.S. classrooms.
Examples of topics include "Introduction to Bilingualism," "Cross-Cultural Rhetorics", "Research Methods in Second Language Writing," "Sociolinguistics in the Second Language Classroom," "Writing in a Second Language: Contemporary Bilingual Voices," "Second Language Writers and Speakers in Contemporary Film and Literature." This course is repeatable three times with different topics.