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TESL/TEFL Program Course Descriptions

Undergraduate Courses

Graduate Courses

 

Undergraduate Courses

TESL 301:  The English Language for Teachers, 3 cr.

All language teachers must understand how the English language works and must be able to describe how it works. This course is designed for future teachers of the English language. It covers the structure of sounds, words, phases, and sentences; language use; and the structure of meaning of the English language, with applications of each topic to the teaching of the English language and English language arts.

TESL 310:  English Grammar: Description and Instruction, 3 cr. 

All teachers of English as a second or foreign language must have a good descriptive knowledge of English grammar as well as an arsenal of techniques for instructing their students. This course is intended to help future ESL/EFL teachers develop an understanding of the structure of the English sentences and the problems that non-native students face when learning English grammar. This course will also investigate ways of teaching grammar to English language learners.

TESL 320:  Language and Culture, 3 cr. 

Anthropological, psychological and linguistics study of various aspects of the interconnections of language and culture. Topics may include Japan, Southeast Asia, Thailand, Maya, Latin American, Native American, Afro-American, the hearing impaired. Prereq.: TESL 301

TESL 320k:  Language and Culture of Latin America, 3 cr. 

Anthropological and linguistics study of various aspects of the interconnections of language and culture within the region of Latin America, with particular emphasis on the Caribbean. Topics covered will include colonial history, creoles, language contact, and Caribbean English. Prereq.: TESL 301

TESL 330:  Language, Society and Education, 3 cr. 

Researchers who study the relationship between language and society or culture are in a unique position to provide insight into language- and culture-related social problems. This course is based on the notion that many educational problems are related to differences between students' home language or dialect and the "official" school variety. It examines the relationship between language, culture, and society, with particular attention to how factors such as class, gender, race, and ethnicity impact student performance in the classroom. Issues of identity, bilingualism, and language prejudice will also be addressed.

TESL 340:  Teaching English as a Second Language:  Practices and Procedures, 3 cr. 

Practices and techniques related to the teaching of English as a second language, in ESL or bilingual education programs; meant for those students who are not yet teaching in the field.

TESL 341:  Teaching English as a Second Language:  Principles of Language Teaching, 3 cr.

Theories and principles underlying the teaching of English as a second language to limited-English speaking children and adults.  Survey of various methodologies in second language teaching and bilingual education.  Reviews relationships between language and culture and discusses the major problems in language education.

BLBC 342:  Assessment in the Bilingual Classrooms, 3 cr. 

Study of recent developments and trends in the assessment of language in the context of bilingual education.  Analysis and evaluation of bilingual tests in current use.  Review of relevant assessment procedures.  Prereq.:  Prior approval from the Department of Education. 

TESL 343:  Assessment of the Limited-English-Proficient (LEP) Student, 3 cr. 

Testing and assessment as they relate to limited English proficient students; information on instruments and procedures for testing language and cognitive development; proficiency, placement, and achievement testing.  Students look at well-known standardized testing devices such as the bilingual syntax measure and the TOEFL test, at cultural and instrumental bias in testing, and at procedures for writing and evaluating classroom tests and various test item types.  Prereq.:  TESL 340 or TESL 341.

TESL 345:  Linguistics and Reading, 3 cr.

Relationship between language structure and the reading process with emphasis on the practical problems such as the variety of dialectally different sound-symbol-correspondences in English, the perception of speech sounds, the reader's interpretation of syntactic and semantic structures, various alphabetic systems for teaching beginning reading, and an analysis of linguistics texts for teaching reading.  Designed to be useful to the in-service classroom teacher as well as to undergraduates. 

TESL 399:  Clinical Experience in Teaching English as a Second Language, 1 cr. 

This course is designed to provide on-site experience in teaching English to non-native speakers in grades K-12.  Students will observe and work with a master teacher and be supervised by a TESL/TEFL professor.  Students will engage in classroom discussion and various projects based on the classroom work.  Prereq.:  TESL 340 and permission of the instructor.                                                               

Graduate Courses

TESL 402: Principles of Linguistics for Teachers, 3 cr.

This course examines the components of the science of language and how these relate to teaching English as a second/foreign language. Although the emphasis is on the linguistic components of English, a comparison with other languages and implications for teaching a second/foreign language will be integral to the course. Among other topics, it will cover English phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics and offer classroom-oriented applications of linguistic principles for effective instruction of English as a second or foreign language. Prereq.: graduate standing

TESL 409: Research Design and Methods, 3 cr.

A survey course that reviews some of the major trends and methodologies used in linguistics, language acquisition, and language teaching. It will provide an exploration of primarily quantitative approaches used in language-specific inquiry by examining a variety of studies from the literature, their questions, their underlying assumptions, and their design. Prereq: TESL 402

TESL 410: Techniques of Teaching English as a Second Language, 3 cr.

Survey of techniques specifically relevant to the teaching of English as a second language. Questions relating to the design and sequencing of ESL courses, to procedures for evaluation of ESL students, and to criteria for choosing, adapting and creating teaching materials. Prereq.: graduate standing, TESL 402 , and TESL 414.

TESL 414: Theories of Teaching English as a Second Language, 3 cr.

Survey of theories of the teaching and learning of English as a second or foreign language. A look at the historical growth and development of second language methodologies from grammar-translation and the direct method, through the audio-lingual method and its offspring, and up to the current natural and eclectic period. Prereq.: graduate standing.

TESL 420: Structure of Modern English, 3 cr.

Description and analysis of the major grammatical structures of spoken and written English in light of traditional, descriptivist, and transformational theories. Prereq.: graduate standing and TESL 402.

TESL 426: Advanced Linguistic Analysis, 3 cr.

Advanced analysis of the structure of language, including phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Each topic will be explored through detailed analysis and comparison of data from a variety of languages in addition to English. Prereq.: graduate standing and TESL 402.

TESL 430: Structure of Language, 3 cr.

Phonological and grammatical structure of a selected language and its genetic relations to others of its family. Topics may include Farsi, Arabic, Rotuman, Kirundi and Thai. Consult the Schedule of Classes for specific languages. Prereq.: graduate standing, TESL 402, and TESL 426.

TESL 440: Language and Literacy, 3 cr.

Differences between spoken and written languages; the functions of writing in a literate society; writing systems with particular reference to English orthography; current psycholinguistic research on the acquisition of written language skills; pedagogical implications of linguistic views on literacy. Prereq.: graduate standing and TESL 402.

TESL 442: Using Technology with Second Language Learners, 3 cr.

In this class, students will explore the interface between current approaches to second language pedagogy, theories of language learning, and technology. They will examine questions of the development and current status of computer applied language learning; the digital divide and language minority students; appropriate and in inappropriate uses of technology for language learning; use of technology to support student instruction in listening, speaking, reading, writing, culture, pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar; technology and learner variation; and issues of technology and assessment. Prereq.: TESL 410 or consent of the instructor.

TESL 445: Language Variation, 3 cr.

All languages vary - across time, distance, social class, gender, situation, and ethnicity. This course examines the societal and cultural influences on both the forms and uses of different varieties of English as well as other languages, and demonstrates how one's language and language variety affect one's identity, school achievement, etc. Topics include language attitudes and stereotypes, ideology, intercultural and interethnic communication, and the spread of English. Special emphasis will be placed on how these notions of language varieties apply to the teaching and learning of second and foreign languages. Prereq.: graduate standing.

TESL 447: Pragmatics, 3 cr.

Study of the interface between language and meaning at the level of discourse. Focus on dialogic interaction between participants in conversation and explanation how language use indexes how the nexus of word meanings and speaker intentions come together to achieve communication. Additionally, a consideration of the multiple layers of context as factors that affect the interpretation of speaker role and appropriateness of use. Prereq.: graduate standing.

TESL 451: Lexically-Based Instruction, 3 cr.

This course is built on the notion that the optimal second/foreign language syllabus is a lexically-based one. The course covers vocabulary knowledge and acquisition from the perspectives of both the second language learner and the teacher.  Topics covered include what it means to "know a word", memory, dictionaries and other tools, learner strategies, vocabulary assessment, selection criteria, and teaching techniques.  Prereq.:  graduate standing, TESL 402 and TESL 410.

TESL 452: Content-Based Instruction, 3 cr.

Exploration of content-based instruction as an approach to teaching English language learners. Functioning as both a method in the English as a second or foreign language classroom and as a technique for meeting the needs of English language learners in the content area classroom, its theory and practice are examined through the various models and the standard-based curriculum. Additionally, practices and strategies related to planning, implementing, and managing ESL and content instruction, including classroom organization, teaching strategies for developing and integrating language skills, and choosing and adapting classroom resources are addressed. Prereq.: graduate standing, and TESL 402 and TESL 410.

TESL 460: Second Language Acquisition, 3 cr.

Survey of recent theories and research on second language acquisition and bilingualism, especially in relation to the process of second language learning; rationales of various language teaching methodologies and techniques, as well as the concepts of transfer and interference, contrastive analysis, and error analysis are examined in light of individual learner differences. Prereq.: graduate standing TESL 402, TESL 410, TESL 414, TESL 420, and TESL 426.

TESL 465: Experiential Preparation for Teaching English as a Second Language, 3 cr.

Emphasis on the preparation of materials and the development of teaching strategies for specific ESL classroom uses. Students examine and evaluate commercially prepared and teacher made materials and lesson plans and devise a limited set of materials of their own. Students will either demonstrate these materials or observe their use in an actual classroom or tutoring situation. Prereq.: graduate standing, TESL 402, TESL 410, TESL 414, and a B average.

TESL 468: Assessment of the Limited English Proficient Student, 3 cr.

Testing and assessment as they relate to limited English proficient students; information on instruments and procedures for testing language and cognitive development; proficiency, placement and achievement testing. Students look at well-known standardized testing devices such as the Bilingual Syntax Measure and the TOEFL test; at cultural and instrumental bias in testing; and at procedures for writing and evaluating classroom tests and various test item types. Prereq.: graduate standing, TESL 410 and TESL 414.

TESL 471: Evolution of Laws and Policies in language Instruction, 3 cr.

Survey of the historical and current ideologies, the laws which they informed, and the policies and practices which resulted regarding language use in the educational system. Use will be explored in terms of a language as a medium of communication, language as a medium of instruction, and language as a content area. Comparisons will be drawn between the US and international contexts. After extensive readings in the literature and in class preparation, students will be expected to design a grant proposal and make a presentation on a topic directly related to an area of their choice.  Prereq: graduate standing, TESL 402 and TESL 410.

TESL 490: Seminar in Teaching English as a Second Language (title varies), 3 cr.

Survey of current research in English as a second language with particular emphasis on methodology and evaluation. After extensive readings in the current literature, studentsl will be expected to carry out a project of their own. Topics may include materials preparation, current trends, SLA research, language and culture, bilingual education, vocabulary, and special education. Consult the Schedule of Classes for specific topics. Prereq.: graduate standing, TESL 402 (or LING 401), TESL 410, TESL 414, TESL 420, TESL 426, TESL 445, TESL 460, and a B average.

TESL 499: Thesis Seminar: TESL, 6 cr.

Guidance of students conducting research and writing a thesis to fulfill the requirements for the Master of Arts degree in TESL. This course requires approval of the instructor, Department Chair, and the appropriate College dean(s). Prereq.: candidacy for the Master of Arts in TESL; seven courses in TESL including TESL 402, TESL 420, TESL 426, and a B average.

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