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 Sociolinguistics of Second Language Acquisition (Spring)

This course covers sociolinguistic theories in relation to second/foreign language acquisition and teaching. 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 Topics in Linguistics (Fall/Spring)

This course is for students to pursue reading and research on special topics in areas of linguistics, applied linguistics, language acquisition, language education, educational technology, multilingualism, writing systems, multiple literacies, and/or society.  This course will feature different topics in the field of linguistics each year. For more information, contact the CSLC.

CSLC 30101 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition (Spring)

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. The student will log 30 teaching hours and 15 observation hours, be observed and evaluated by a TESOL professional, and complete a teaching e-portfolio. (Pre-Requisites: CSLC 20301, 20303, 20302/20304, 30101, and 30102)