Applied Linguistics Course Descriptions

LI 2000 Introduction to Language and Linguistics
3 Credits
(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.

LI 2950 Language Acquisition
3 Credits
(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.

LI 3500 Research in Applied Linguistics
3 Credits
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.

LI DI 2020 Queer Language, Culture and Identity
3 credits
(Self and Society Direction and Diversity Connection)

Participants examine the emergence of a queer language, culture and identity in modern times, and explore the factors that have impacted their development in the United States. Topics include the impact of race, class, and ethnicity on the rise of queer political movements and queer communities in the United States.

LI DI 2450 Creating Language 
3 credits
(Creative Thought Direction) 

Participants examine the generation, creation and evolution of the full range of the English language, its words, grammar, sounds and meaning, exploring the motivators that help explain how and why our language is constantly changing, molting, evolving, and (re)creating itself.

LIDI 2500 The History of English Language
3 Credits
(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.

TE 4100 TESOL Methods and Practice
4 Credits
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.

TE 4300 Literacy in Language Learning
3 Credits
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.