This course presents an overview of the field of linguistics including phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics. Special emphasis is placed on the psychology of teaching and learning a language. There are many opportunities to connect theory with practice.
An in-depth comparison and contrast of first and second language acquisition principles is provided in this course. Learning theories, the impact of individual learning and cognitive styles, and personality and socio-cultural factors affecting second language acquisition are examined. Application of theory and research findings to effective teaching methods and the development of a personal philosophy of second language teaching are an important focus of this course.
Basic methods and techniques for teaching the English language to all proficiency levels in a multicultural classroom are introduced. In addition, task-learning to LEP students is demonstrated. Participants have the opportunity to develop lesson plans and to discuss practical applications of materials learned. Guest lecturers present effective classroom techniques.
Techniques for teaching conversation, pronunciation and critical listening in both structured and unstructured learning situations for ESL students are presented. Culture-specific definitions of "conversation" are examined. Participants practice techniques and learn methods of assessing student proficiency and progress.
Addresses the problems of teaching grammar and grammatical structures and offers hints on avoiding pitfalls. Practical sequencing, shortcuts, simplifications and integrated approaches to teaching grammar are discussed as are culturally effective techniques.
This course explores the methodologies available to build proficiency in the skill areas of reading and writing. It also examines the learner skill repertoire required as well as practical techniques available to assist ESL students at all levels of proficiency.
This course is designed to give teachers awareness of the kinds of criteria used in designing classroom materials for the teaching of English Language Learners at all levels of proficiency. Materials will be considered in terms of the specific problems they address, the objectives they accomplish, the activities engendered and the use of materials as evaluative tools. Participants will learn about new materials and explore the variability of lessons as they develop their own materials. Also featured are guest demonstrations and opportunities for class participants to share useful activities and ideas.
An examination of the issues in language testing and evaluation is the focus of this course. Participants are familiarized with the various language testing instruments and consider how to assess both language aptitude and competence. In addition, participants have opportunities to construct and evaluate their own test instruments. Guest lecturers present specific testing techniques.
This course combines the theoretical background of cross-cultural instruction with hands-on practice in problem-solving techniques. Participants engage in role-playing, develop materials for the classroom and build a cross-cultural survival kit. Guest speakers address issues related to specific language groups.
An overview of bilingual education from its historical beginnings to current controversies is presented. Topics include the legal, socio-cultural, psychological, and linguistic factors of the debate. Emphasis is placed on current research methodologies. Participants will evaluate various instructional methodologies used in bilingual classrooms.
*Required only for the Bilingual Endorsement