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Last approved: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 09:01:01 GMT

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FL (Foreign Languages)
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
Linguistics for ESL Professionals
Linguistics For ESL
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Foreign Languages & Literature (16FL)
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Every Year
Summer 1 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Course Delivery
Online (Internet)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
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Jillian Haeseler
Director of English as a Second Language

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Delivery FormatPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
SEM151No15 projected

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Study of the diachronic nature of language and the phonological, morphological, syntactic, and semantic features of English in relation to other world language groups. Application of linguistic principles to the ESL classroom. Analysis of common errors in grammar due to first language interference. Discussion of teaching strategies based on current research in second-language acquisition. Credit will not be given for both FL 424 and FL 524.

Prerequisite - No longer necessary.

Catalog Description - Matches current course content

Dual-level - FL 424 Linguistics for the ESL Professional is an existing course and it was created for undergraduate students and non-degree seeking students (currently in-service K-12 teachers) as one of the five courses for the ESL Add-On at NC State.  The Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) ESL program would like their students to take this instead of ENG 524 Introduction to Linguistics as one of their specialty courses. The content of FL 424 is applied linguistics and thus more pertinent to their candidates' teaching goals. On the other hand, ENG 524 is very theoretical and oriented toward linguistics majors. As a graduate course, Linguistics for the ESL Professional would be of interest to other disciplines. For example, students seeking an M.A in English with a concentration in Linguistics would be able to take this course as one of their three electives.


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College(s)Contact NameStatement Summary
College of Humanities and Social SciencesErik ThomasThomas Although some consideration was given to cross-listing the course, ultimately it was decided to keep ENG 524 intact but separate, and to offer no objection to the creation of FL 524.
No additional instructional resources are needed to deliver the course as dual-level.

Students learn how first language is acquired and how the acquisition of the first language differs from the acquisition of a second or foreign language. Furthermore, students gain an understanding of the basic concepts of linguistics in everyday language.  Students delve into English phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics and how these features may differ in other languages and cause language interference.  Throughout the course, students apply linguistic theory to English language teaching scenarios.  They also practice using the International Phonetic Alphabet to analyze speech samples.  Finally, for those interested in ESL licensure, this course prepares them for the “Foundations of Linguistics and Language Learning” component on the Praxis II test.

Student Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes (The first two are aligned with Standards from the North Carolina ESL Specialty Area). Students will be able to:

1. Apply principles of phonology and phonetics to help students develop skills and strategies (TO IDENTIFY) in identifying the differences between the sound system of English and other languages and to recognize the sound-symbol correspondence with respect to literacy development. (SA-ESL 1.1)

2. Apply the principles of morphology to help students develop skills and strategies to form words in English, describe similarities and differences between the morphology of English and other languages and recognize the role of morphology in literacy. (SA-ESL1.2)

3. Apply the principles of syntax and semantics to help students develop skills and strategies to understand how structure contributes to meaning and thereby develop strategies to acquire and monitor spoken and written language for a variety of purposes.

4.  Explain how historical events impacted the grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and pronunciation of English.

5. Explain the principal theories of first and second language acquisition.

6. Identify pronunciation errors while listening to recordings of non-native speakers.

7. Reflect on, interpret, analyze and document scholarly works by theorists and pedagogues in the field of linguistics and second language acquisition.

Learning outcomes for FL 524 students only:

8. Analyze grammatical structures of English at an advanced level and examine language interference problems non-native speakers have when learning these structures.

9. Create lesson plans to teach these grammatical structures based on current theory and best practices.

Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Written Assignment30%Weekly assignments 30% (See syllabus for additional assignments for graduate students.)
Forum_post15%Discussion postings and responses.
Short Paper10%Learning English Interview Paper
Midterm15% Midterm Exam (Grammatical structures covered to this point in the course will be included on the midterm for the graduate students).
Short Paper15%5-6 page research paper; (Graduate students are required to write a 10-page research paper)
Final Exam15% Final Exam (Graduate students will be tested on all the grammatical structures covered in the course).
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Topical outline1 week each Week 1 Introduction to General Linguistics. Theories in First and Second Language Acquisition.
Week 2: Differences between First and Second Language acquisition.
Week 3: A Brief History of the English Language.
Week 4 English Phonology
Week 5 Phonological differences between English and other languages
Week 6 Teaching pronunciation.
Week 7 English Orthography.
Week 8 Midterm
Week 9 English Vocabulary.
Week 10 English Morphology.
Week 11 English Syntax.
Week 12: English Grammar and Syntax continued.
Week 13: Semantics.
Week 14: Pragmatics.
Week 15: Short Research Paper.
Week 16 Final exam

(See syllabus for additional activities and readings for graduate students.)
Note: Dr. Haeseler is a non tenure-track faculty member in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, and is the Director of English as a Second Language. She is not yet a member of the graduate faculty, but once this course is created the department will work with the graduate school to verify her credentials for teaching the course. mlnosbis 8/16/2016: Dr. Haessler was approved as a non-graduate faculty instructor for this course.

mlnosbis 3/28/2016: Approved to CHASS CC Meeting GR; see additional documentation showing the approval on a separate action for 524. There is now, correctly, one action for 424/524.

mlnosbis 5/2/2016: No overlapping courses. Note that ENG 524 is Introduction to Linguistics, but this course focuses more on linguistics for the ESL professional.

ghodge 5/2/2016 ready for ABGS reviewers

ABGS Reviewer Comments:
-Why not have instructor approved to teach grad course before the course is approved if this person is considered the instructor for more than one term? If instructor not approved, what happens to grad level course?

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