Applied Linguistics Course Descriptions

LL 2000 Introduction to Language and Linguistics
3 Credits, Spring & Falls in-person
(Quantitative Reasoning in the Disciplines):
Participants examine the nature of language, language systems, language in context, language acquisition and the historical development of English. This course emphasizes quantitative research design, analysis and interpretation. In addition to examining numerous research studies, students undertake original data collection and analysis.

LLDI  2950 Language Acquisition
3Credits, Spring &/or Falls in-person & on-line
(Scientific Inquiry Direction)
Participants examine the nature of first and additional language acquisition and development. Topics include first language acquisition, additional language acquisition by children and adults, bi- and multilingualism.  The course emphasizes the investigation of first and additional language acquisition through student research studies.

LL 3500 Research in Applied Linguistics
3 Credits, Alternate Springs In-person
This course provides an introduction to research design and methodology in applied linguistics. Participants examine the components of and numerous approaches to applied linguistics research; and read and critically examine numerous research studies in applied linguistics.

LLDI 2500 The History of English Language
3 Credits, Falls on-line
(Past and Present Direction)
Participants in this course will examine the historical development of the English language from its earliest origins through the present day. Topics include:  causes of language change, etymology, and the influences of other languages. The course will also explore how this history suggests possible directions of English in the twenty-first century.

LL 4100 TESOL Methods and Practice
4 Credits, Alternate Springs in-person
Participants learn the foundations of communicative language teaching to non-native speakers in multicultural and homogenous classrooms. Topics include content-based instruction, curriculum development, materials adaptation, lesson planning and execution, and assessment. Students gain both a theoretical grounding and hands-on experience with scaffolding content for language learners, and with developing learner strategies.  Participants acquire and practice the skills needed to teach English to students of all ages and abilities.  Class includes a 30-hour supervised field experience.

LL 4300 Literacy in Language Learning
3 Credits, Springs on-line
Participants in this course examine current theories and practice of first and additional language literacy development. Topics include developing literate behaviors, reading and writing fluency strategies, vocabulary development and the writing process. This course emphasizes the development of participants’ proficiency in teaching reading and writing to students of different ages and ability levels through phonics, whole language, and integrated approaches.