tesol573 | Graduate

Applied Linguistics

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This course introduces K-12 educators to the nature, structure, and acquisition of language. Participants study the first and second language acquisition process, the cultural implication of language and classroom instruction, and the integration of theory and practices including assessment and phonology, morphology, and syntax of English. Participants apply linguistic theory through instructional methods to support the English language learner.

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Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 4

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    Language Acquisition

    • Compare first and second language acquisition.
    • Identify the mechanisms of language acquisition.
    • Apply the developmental stages of language acquisition to instructional methods.
    • Summarize the role of those who teach English to speakers of other languages.
    • Summarize the history of teaching English to speakers of other languages.
    • Identify the role and application of linguistic knowledge in teaching language.
    • Explain the phases of language development.
    • Contrast different types of grammar.
    • Differentiate language universals.
    • Illustrate theories of language acquisition.

    Grammatical Aspects of Language

    • Identify various sound patterns of language.
    • Identify the communication needs of English language learners.
    • Explain morphology as it applies to language instruction.
    • Analyze rules of syntax and the implications for English language learners.
    • Explain phonology as it applies to language instruction.

    Cultural Identity

    • Define multicultural education as it relates to language acquisition.
    • Describe how to support students as their cultural identities change.
    • Describe the social and cultural needs of students learning English.
    • Determine methods to reduce prejudice and discrimination in multicultural classrooms.
    • Enhance the academic achievement of diverse students.


    • Explain basic assessment concepts and types that measure language acquisition.
    • Evaluate the assessment of diverse students at local, state, and national levels.
    • Illustrate the connections between instructional methods and assessments.
    • Explain the needs of English language learners in content assessments.
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