English Language and Linguistics


The following offers information about core courses, secondary courses, track-specific courses, and electives. Frequently asked questions about courses are at the bottom of the page.

1. Core Courses

The following courses are required, and are usually taken in the first year of the program:

a. English 613: Methods of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

This course provides an overview of teaching English to speakers of other languages with an emphasis on methodology. Looking at all elements of the L2 classroom including the learner, the teacher, and input, this course is highly interactive with a focus on practical application. The skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing are treated integratively on a grammar-communication continuum. Discussions on teaching methods and skills in second or foreign language contexts are facilitated by simulated teaching demonstrations, classroom observations, and guest presenters. Theories are discussed to the extent that the practical understanding of teaching methods is enhanced. Likewise, practical issues of teaching methods will be addressed whenever theories of language teaching and learning are introduced.

b. English 506: Applied English Grammar

The goal of this course is to present essential components necessary to an understanding of English grammar. We will see an overview of a variety of English language structures. We will develop a basic knowledge of ESL/EFL pedagogical grammar, become familiar with major grammatical structures, patterns, and categories as well as grammatical terminology. Students will learn the tools they will need to present many ESL/EFL grammar lessons and answer student questions. We will examine the different ways that textbooks present grammar lessons. In addition, we will do some cross-linguistic comparison to help us understand the nature of ESL/EFL learners’ errors. Finally, students will practice teaching mini-grammar lessons to the class.

c. English 596j: Second Language Acquisition Research

This course is designed to explore the nature of research in SLA and to help situate students theoretically and methodologically in this research domain. The focus is on classroom-oriented research in various educational settings, which investigates both qualitative and quantitative approaches to research and processes of conducting research, from identifying problems, formulating research questions, collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data, to writing up research for presentation and publication. The main assignment of the course is a research proposal.

d. English 615: Second Language Acquisition Theory

This course is designed to present an overview of the field of second language acquisition, the study of how second and foreign languages are learned after a first language has already been acquired. SLA is a broad subfield of linguistics with many interesting and exciting areas of research. In the course, the ‘core’ theories and trends of SLA will be introduced in order to equip students with the basic concepts and tools necessary for advanced study. The course will cover issues and problems in current SLA research and theory and privde a historical framework of the development of the field.

e. English 693a: Applied ESL

This course, taken in the final semester, is split between 0-2 hours CESL internship participation and 1-3 hours of capstone project research, determined in consultation with the course coordinator. The internship involves variable proportions of teacher mentoring, instructional assistantship work, and independent observations, and includes a reflection paper. The capstone project involves carrying out an original research project, writing the project up as an academic quality paper, and presenting it in poster form to program students and faculty. Students must pass 693a in order to graduate from the program.

2. Secondary Courses

The following courses are examples of courses that fulfill the technology, culture, and reading/writing requirements. Other courses meet these requirements as well. Students should consult with the Graduate Advisor for a complete list.

a. Technology:

English/SLAT 589: Internet Technologies in L2 Teaching and Learning

This course explores theory, practice, and pedagogical application of the latest Internet and computer technologies in second/foreign language education, including synchronous and asynchronous chat, blog, wiki/collaborative docs, audio (podcasting), video, virtual world/digital gaming, mobile/handheld computing, and social networking technologies, in view of CALL (computer-assisted language learning), CMC (computer-mediated communication), SLA/D (second language acquisition and development), and literacies research.
b. Reading/Writing:
English 596o: Second Language Writing
Second language writing is a growing area of interdisciplinary study that draws on insights from applied linguistics, second language studies, and writing studies. This course will provide an overview of the theory and practice of second language writing. We will explore topics such as L2 writing processes and development, L2 texts, biliteracy, pedagogical approaches and strategies, culture, and identity. Course assignments will include a mix of pedagogical and research projects.

c. Culture:

English 620: Cultural Dimensions of SLA

The role of culture in second language acquisition and teaching is large, and its study involves the disciplines of sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, anthropology, cognitive science, literature, and other fields. In this survey course, students will discuss topics in all of these areas and relate them to the practical aspects of language teaching, especially to teaching ESL and EFL.

3. Elective Courses

Elective courses typically coincide with UA SLAT courses, a master list and semester-specific lists of which are available on the SLAT website. Students should note, however, that acceptable electives are not limited to SLAT-designated courses, and many other courses are acceptable with the approval of the ELL Program Director or Graduate Advisor.