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TESL-096: Selected Topics: Non-recurring (0)

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic.

 

TESL-396: Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic.

 

TESL-500: Principles of Linguistics (3)

Introduction to scientific study of language with emphasis on current linguistic trends. Foundations for further study in linguistics and methodology of language teaching. Usually offered every term.

 

TESL-501: English Language Teaching I (3)

Introduction to theories and principles of English language teaching, language acquisition, and a review of various methods and approaches used in language teaching, leading to an understanding of the development of the communicative approach. Provides opportunities for peer teaching and requires observation of English language classes, along with tutoring or teaching of English to non-native speakers. Usually offered every term.

 

TESL-502: English Language Teaching II (3)

Focuses on evaluation and development of lesson plans and teaching materials designed to teach grammar, language functions, speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills within a communicative approach. Also addresses various aspects of classroom management. Provides opportunities for peer teaching and requires observation of English language classes, along with tutoring or teaching of English to non-native speakers. Usually offered every spring and summer. Prerequisite: TESL-501 or permission of instructor.

 

TESL-503: Structure of English (3)

Explores the complexities of spelling and word formation, grammatical structure, and semantic relations in English. Various approaches to grammatical analysis are covered, but the emphasis is on developing the practical foundations necessary for effective teaching, rather than on theoretical models. Prerequisite: TESL-500. Usually offered every spring and summer.

TESL-504: Language Analysis (3)

An introduction to the formal analysis of languages, focusing on phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics, with particular emphasis on topics not covered in TESL-503. Emphasis on problem-solving strategies with respect to language data. Usually offered every fall. Prerequisite: TESL-500.

TESL-522: Language Acquisition (3)

How and why do children learn language? Investigates language acquisition during the first five years (both speech and the rudiments of literacy). Major themes include the dynamics of the "language duet" between children and adults, variation across children, bilingualism, and the emergence of language awareness. Usually offered alternate falls.

TESL-523: Second Language Acquisition (3)

Theories of second language acquisition and how they relate to trends in society and in education and related disciplines. Current theory in cognitive and affective domains as it relates to second-language learning. Usually offered every spring and summer.

 

TESL-524: Reading and Writing in the ESL/EFL Classroom (3)

Introduction to theories of how we read and write as well as the instruction of these skills. The major focus is on practical approaches to teaching reading and writing skills to varied student populations, including children in public schools, young adults in pre-academic learning environments, and literacy-challenged adults in adult education programs. Usually offered every Spring.

 

TESL-527: Cultural Issues in the ESL/EFL Classroom (3)

The traditional principles of intercultural communication theory and the latest discourse-oriented models for analyzing cross-cultural interactions. Within this framework, the course considers approaches to enhancing the cultural dimension of ESL/EFL instruction with an emphasis on using and developing various types of cultural training techniques. Usually offered every spring.

 

TESL-531: Language Assessment (3)

This course focuses on the process of testing/assessing students' language proficiency with respect to different language skills in the language classroom and the steps involved in this process. A practical approach provides opportunities for evaluating existing tests and assessment procedures, designing test/assessment instruments, and scoring/evaluating language tests. Usually offered every fall.

 

TESL-541: Teaching Grammar (3)

The functions that grammar fulfills in oral and written communication. Teaching the structures of grammar within a communicative framework in meaningful, authentic lessons, and the design of effective teaching materials. Usually offered every fall. Prerequisite: TESL-503 or permission of instructor.



TESL-542:
Teaching Pronunciation: Theory and Practice (3)

An introduction to the formal analysis of phonetics and phonology with techniques for incorporating these into practical classroom instruction. An emphasis on problem-solving strategies with respect to data, and on effective low-cost techniques for instruction. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: TESL-500

 

TESL-545: Curriculum and Materials Design (3)

A needs-based, learning-centered approach to designing courses, from creating and structuring curriculum to materials design, with the emphasis on planning blocks of instruction larger than lesson plans. Students develop a curriculum designed for an actual learner audience on their own. Through needs assessment, they identify curricular goals and course objectives, and from these they determine an appropriate syllabus structure, develop a course unit outline, and create materials for one complete lesson. Curricula in both EFL and ESL are addressed. Usually offered alternate falls. Prerequisite: TESL-501.

 

TESL-554: Technology for Language Teaching and Learning

Language educators today have at their disposal an ever-increasing variety of technologies which can be harnessed to increase student motivation and learning both inside and outside of the language classroom. In this class, students will first explore what technologies are available to them as ESL/EFLteachers, understand the challenges for teachers and students in both high- and low-technology teaching contexts, and will become critical consumers of commercial language learning products. Students will experience new media technologies such as wikis and digital stories for language learning and will thus theorize what it means to have digital literacy in the early 21st century.

 

TESL-560: TESOL Topics (1-3)

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Topics include teaching pronunciation, the lexical approach to language teaching, learning disabilities in the ELT classroom, EFL methodology, and multilevel/multicultural classrooms. Usually offered every term.

 

TESL-590: Independent Reading Course (1-6)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor and department chair.

 

TESL-596: Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic.

 

TESL-620: English Language Teaching III (3)

Focuses on teaching as communication, in particular, issues of classroom management, effective structuring of classroom discourse, and diagnosing and responding to learner needs. Students engage in field experience (observation and tutoring or teaching), peer teaching, and reflection on previous teaching and learning experiences with the goal of developing effective teaching practices. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: TESL-501 and TESL-502.

 

TESL-690: Independent Study Project (1-6)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor and department chair.

 

TESL-691: Internship (1-6)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor and department chair.

 

TESL-693: AU/Peace Corps Internship (6)

For students in the M.A. in TESOL AU/Peace Corps program. Prerequisite: permission of program director.

 

TESL-696: Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic.

 

TESL-797: Master's Thesis Seminar (1-6)


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