Course Descriptions

CSLC 20301 Introduction to Linguistics (Fall)

This course explores major subfields of linguistics, including sociolinguistics, phonetics (the sounds of language), phonology (the sound systems of language), morphology and lexicon (structured meanings in words), morphemes (units of meaning), syntax, and semantics. Students investigate the scientific study of language (a.k.a. Linguistics), with an emphasis on developing the basic vocabulary and analytical skills associated with the major branches of linguistic research.

CSLC 20302 Introduction to Sociolinguistics (Spring of odd years)

This course covers sociolinguistic theories. Students examine spaces where language and culture come together to affect our interactions, concentrating on areas particularly important to language teaching, learning, and usage.

CSLC 20303 Pedagogical English Grammar (Spring)

This course examines English grammar with the purpose of English language teaching in mind. It acknowledges the connection between lexicon and grammar and focuses on some of the most pedagogically-challenging aspects of English grammar—namely, the tense-aspect system of verbs, subject-verb agreement, modal auxiliaries, negation, questions, and phrasal verbs. Throughout the course, students receive practice in translating grammar knowledge to grammar teaching.

CSLC 20304 Digital Literacy in Language Learning (Fall of odd years)

This course offers a comprehensive understanding of digital literacy in relation to teaching and researching language acquisition. Students will learn a variety of digital writing technologies and be trained to think critically about cultural and communicative consequences of the digital media. Students will also gain the critical perspective and literacy tools needed to actively apply in language teaching and researching.

CSLC 30101 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition (Spring of even years)

This course provides an overview of the principles of language structure, the processes of first and second language acquisition, and the issues involved in assessing language proficiency with special attention paid to the application of linguistic knowledge to the multilingual and multicultural school setting. (Pre-Requisite: CSLC 20301)

CSLC 30102 Methods in Second Language Teaching (Fall)

This course is an overview of various methods used to teach a second language to non-native speakers of all ages. Topics include: commonly-used methods and techniques, principles of second language pedagogy, connections between theory and classroom practice, and the roles of teachers and learners.m (Pre-Requisites: CSLC 20301 and CSLC 30101)

CSLC 40000 TESOL Practicum (Fall, Spring, and Summer)

This is the capstone course for the TESOL Minor. Graduating seniors typically complete the practicum in their final spring semester after completing their core and elective TESOL courses. The practicum culminates in a professional e-portfolio which students can refer to as they enter the job market after graduation. Components of the portfolio/practicum showcase a variety of TESOL professional skills and proficiencies, amounting to 30 hours of engagement. The portfolio includes:

  1. Planning and Lead 8 micro-teaching sessions in the EAP Spoken English Skills (6 hours)
  2. Volunteer for 12 EAP tutoring sessions (6 hours)
  3. Attend 2 English Conversation Tables (2 hours)
  4. Observe English Language Instruction (via Spoken English Skills course) (15 hours)
  5. Participate in 3 professional development opportunities (workshops with NDLearning, intercultural development, local TESOL institutions, etc.) (3 hours

Students write a 1-2 page reflection on each component of the portfolio above. The TESOL DUS and EAP coordinator review the portfolios at the conclusion of their semester to verify completion of requirements. For questions, please email Mary Davis or Alessia Blad-Miller.