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ESOL Module (Sample Coursework)

English Department

Fall Semester
240. INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF LANGUAGE
4 hours credit
Study of the ways language works and an introduction to the scientific study of language and linguistics. Presupposes no formal study or knowledge of language.

Spring Semester
Choose any two courses below. Not all courses are available each year.

430. PRINCIPLES OF LINGUISTICS
4 hours credit
Detailed study of the primary linguistic systems, including phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax and pragmatics. Introduces important sociolinguistic research concerns. As the course is designed for teachers in training, students apply those linguistic concepts to practical language learning problems.

432. LITERACY AND ESOL READING
4 hours credit
Introduces students interested in questions of language acquisition to the theories and practices relating to learning to read in a second language or second dialect. Topics included are models for acquiring foreign language reading skills, teaching strategies for second language/dialect literacy, evaluating literacy skills, current research about acquisition of literacy skills, and political and social implications of second language/dialect literacy.

433. LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
4 hours credit
Linguistics approach to the peculiar relationship between a language and the cultural total of which the language is a part. Examines language variations within a community according to gender, age, geography, ethnicity, socioeconomic class and level of education. Considers the educational, political and economic implications.

434. LITERACY AND ESOL WRITING
4 hours credit
Introduces students interested in questions of language acquisition to the theories and practices of learning to write in a second language or second dialect. Topics include writing theory, writing strategies, evaluating writing, and writers and rhetorical concerns. Students develop a literacy project, writing materials for specific ESOL students.

438. BILINGUALISM
4 hours credit
Study of what it means to be a bilingual child or adult. Explores the mind’s role in bilingualism and in language acquisition. Surveys educational systems’ response to language variance among students and explores the social, academic and language learning consequences of growing up bilingual in the U.S.A.

439. SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
4 hours credit
Introduction to second language acquisition (SLA) theory and the application of SLA theory to second/foreign language teaching practices. Explores what it means to know a language and, hence, how one learns a second language.