Applied Linguistics II – TESL 633/LING-633

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/29/2021

Course Description

The course addresses grammar, phonology, and linguistics research for TESL.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

Advanced grammar is essential for a well-rounded, post-graduate English program as it heightens awareness of basic and complex English language constituents relative to phonology, morphology, syntax, and discourse. Knowledge of these, in turn, enables the student to guide others and him/herself in the proper usage of academic English.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (6)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge and graduate-level writing regarding 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 formatting must be used for bibliographical entries and in-text citations.

  • Syntax Foundations
  • Subject-Verb Agreement and Phrase Structure Rules
  • Tense-Aspect and Modals
  • Tense-Aspect-Modality and Phonology
  • Articles, Vowels, and Consonants
  • Prepositions and Acoustics

Language Analysis Assignments (4)

The student will analyze various activities that focus on a specific aspect of language, such as phrenology, morphology, syntax, and tense. Each assignment includes both exercises and an essay (except for Phrase Structure Rules and Tree Diagramming, which includes a diagramming component rather than the essay). Each essay must be 300–500 words, in current APA format. Each essay must include at least 2 other references from peer-reviewed research. 

  • Lexicogrammar and Semantic Features 
  • Phrase Structure Rules and Tree Diagramming 
  • Tense-Aspect-Modality and Phonology
  • Articles and Sounds 

Term Paper Assignments (2)

Students will develop a paper that reviews one aspect of grammar, pronunciation or lexicon and investigate how that aspect plays out in an ESL environment (e.g.  How to teach clauses, How to improve pronunciation via minimal pairs - to enable students 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 Draft: The student will research and write a 15–20-page paper that focuses on a facet of language that interests him/her. The final draft must be in current APA format and contain a minimum of 12 references.

Quizzes (5)

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

Quiz: Mid-Term Comprehensive Exam

The Quiz: Mid-Term Comprehensive Exam will cover the textbook material for Modules 1–3. The midterm will be open-book and open-notes, contain 27 multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, multiple-answer, matching, fill-in-the-blank, and essay questions and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit.

Quiz: End-Term Comprehensive Exam

The Quiz: End-Term Comprehensive Exam will cover the textbook material for Modules 5–8. The final will be open-book and open-notes, contain 27 multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, multiple-answer, matching, fill-in-the-blank, and essay questions, and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit.