TESOL Courses

ENGL 568.  Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages:  Theory and Methods. (3 cr.)

A study of the theoretical and historical background of second language teaching as well as theories of second language acquisition, with special attention to different cultural backgrounds.  Topics include practical applications of theories through methods of teaching speaking, listening, and grammar.  The course will employ readings, activities, and class discussions among students from various linguistic and cultural traditions.  Student will observe an ESL class as well as develop and teach an English language lesson.

ENGL 569.  Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages:  Theory and Practices.  (3 cr.)

A study of practical applications of language learning theory involved in methods of teaching vocabulary, reading, and writing, with special attention to different cultural backgrounds.  Focus is given to standards-based instruction and assessment of student learning outcomes.  The course will employ readings, activities, and class discussions among students from various linguistic and cultural traditions.  Students will observe and ESL class as well as develop and teach an English language lesson.

ENGL 580.  Topics in Writing.  (3 cr.)

An opens topics course, which may involve intensive writing in a particular genre (for example, the personal essay, dramatic poetry, longer fiction), or writing for a particular audience (for example, writing for children and young adults).

ENGL 685.  Practicum.  (3 cr.)

Exposure to and guidance in the practical work of teaching learners of English.  Students spend approximately 100 hours in an education setting teaching learners of English under supervision.  This course also consists of weekly meetings to reflect upon classroom experiences and relevant readings.  Prerequisites:  Pre-practicum review

ENGL 601.  New Literacies, Technologies, and Cultures of Writing.  (3 cr.)

A course in theory and practice that examines how media of expressions shape texts and their interpretations.  Course readings include literature and theories of textual studies in print and electronic formats.  Readings emphasize the history of the book and evolving electronic new media.  The course requires written papers and projects in electronic format.

ENGL 531.  Advanced Composition.  (3 cr.)

A course for students who have mastered fundamental writing skills and are prepared to study and practice the writing process in a more sophisticated and rigorous fashion.  This course considers how to generate and organize ideas, how to adapt writing to various audiences and purposes, and how to revise, edit and polish writing--components of a developing and mature style.

ENGL 541.  History of the English Language (3 cr.)

An introduction to the development of modern English and Indo-European with emphasis upon structure and vocabulary.

ENGL 542.  Modern English Grammar (3 cr.)

An introduction to recent linguistic developments such as structural grammar and transformational-generative grammar.  

ENGL 543.  Introduction to Linguistics.  (3 cr.)

An introduction to the theory and methodology of linguistics.  Topics include the nature of human language as distinct from other communication systems; the subsystems of linguistic knowledge, i.e. sound patterns (phonetics and phonology), word-formation (morphology), sentence structure (syntax) and meaning (semantics); language and the brain; language acquisition; language in sociocultural contexts, historical development of language and language change.  The presentation of general principles is supplemented by practical problems in linguistic analyses of different languages.  

ENGL 544.  Sociolinguistics: Language Across Cultures (3 cr.)

A variable topics course which considers intersections of language, social structure, and culture.  Emphasis on the study of linguistic and cultural diversity.  Possible topics include the study of language variation cross-culturally on a global scale and the study of language variation cross-culturally in the U.S..  (May be repeated when topics differ).  

ENGL 602.  CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) (3 cr.)

An introduction to computer assisted language learning for use in second language classrooms.  This course includes the study of CALL research and theory as well as practical classroom applications.

ENGL 612.  ESL Curriculum and Assessment (3 cr.)

Introduction to the principles of curriculum design and assessment for English as a Second Language courses.  Students will explore theories and frameworks for developing a curriculum in various teaching settings, including how to articulate goals and objectives, sequence lessons, and create assessment tools and activities for a unit or a complete course.  

ENGL 613.  ESL Grammar (3 cr.)

A course on English grammar for the purpose of teaching second language learners.  Topics include the study of English grammatical structure, ESL error analysis, and practical applications of this knowledge in teaching ESL grammar.

ENGL 614.  Seminar in ESL (3 cr.)

This seminar addresses advanced topics related to the study of TESOL and second language acquisition:  teaching ESL writing; language, culture, and identity in the second language classroom; and discourse analysis.  (May be repeated.)