ISAL 520: Introduction to Language & Linguistics (3 units)
Introduces basic concepts in the scientific study of language, major areas of linguistic analysis, and several subareas of the field, including language in society. Uses materials from English and other languages in order to provide a broad perspective. Specifically geared toward graduate students in the M.A. in TESOL online program as a linguistics course for language teachers.
Course Objectives / Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have:
- Learned concepts in descriptive and historical linguistics
- Learned fundamental concepts, principles, and theories in language and linguistics
- Analyzed language data (sounds, words, phrases, and parts of words)
- Applied course topics and materials to ESL/EFL learning and teaching
- Explained relationships between language, culture, literacy, and other issues
Conducted online over 16 weeks in alignment with Biola University’s 2012 Fall semester. Students will interact with the instructor and each other through weekly interactive online discussions and other assignments.
- Mihalicek, V., & C. Wilson. Language Files: Materials for an Introduction to Language and Linguistics. 11th ed. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 2011.
- Pasquale, M., & N.L.K. Bierma. Every Tribe and Tongue: A Biblical Vision for Language in Society. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011.
- Additional readings provided online.
- Homework and assignments (10%)
- Interactive online discussions (20%)
- 2 exams (30%)
- Presentation (5%)
- Prayer/integration of faith and learning projects (10%)
- Linguistics and ESL/EFL teaching paper and online presentation (25%)
ISTE 505 and a background in TESOL
Relation to Curriculum
A foundational course towards the M.A. in TESOL degree