Applied Linguistics I – TESL 630

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An overview of major fields of linguistics and their application to TESL.

Prerequisite

TESL 600

Rationale

A foundational understanding of linguistics is essential for a well-rounded post-graduate TESL program as it heightens awareness of basic and complex language constituents and the many sub-fields like morphology, syntax, lexicon, phonology, social, psych, discourse, and semantics. Knowledge of these sub-fields also enables students to consider how other linguistic fields impact future language teaching and research.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the major fields in linguistics.
  2. Describe how grammar components (morphology/syntax) operate in various languages.
  3. Explain how linguistic fields impact future language teaching and research.
  4. Explain how language use (discourse, semantics, sociolinguistics) morphs under different conditions.
  5. Evaluate how various theories of language origin and use reflect a Christian worldview of God as the author of language.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge and graduate-level writing with regard to content and style. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150 words. Current APA must be used for bibliographical entries and in-text citations.

The student will analyze various activities that focus on a specific aspect of language, such as phrenology, psycholinguistics, syntax, and sociolinguistics.

Students will develop a paper that investigates one of the sub-fields of linguistics covered in the course and investigate how that sub-field can impact teaching English to speakers of other languages (e.g. how can sociolinguistics information– or some idea in sociolinguistics - be used to teach English to second language learners or enable them to learn language more successfully.

Initial Draft

The student will construct an initial draft of his/her final paper. The draft must be in current APA format and include all components of the final draft.

Final

The student will revise and submit a final draft. The 15–20-page paper should focus on some field in linguistics that interests the student and that will be valuable to their future endeavors.

The quizzes will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. The quizzes will be open-book/open-notes, contain 5–13 questions, and have a 20-minute time limit.

The Mid-Term will cover the Reading & Study material for Modules/Weeks 1–4. The midterm will be open-book/open-notes, contain 27 multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, multiple-answer, matching, and essay questions and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit.

The Final is cumulative and will cover the Reading & Study material for Modules/Weeks 1–8. The final will be open-book/open-notes, contain 27 multiple-choice, short-answer, fill-in-the-blank, and essay questions, and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit.