A. APPLIED LINGUISTICS (3 CH). Engl 596o is recommended to meet this requirement.

English 596o: Introduction to Applied Linguistics: Applied linguistics is the main research base for TESOL and foreign language teaching. It is also an interdisciplinary field with strong influences from psychology, sociology, anthropology, education, and cognitive science.  In this course, we will get a wide-ranging view of applied linguistics, from its primary theoretical assumptions to its primary research methods to its primarily applications.

B. TESOL METHODS (3 CH). Engl 555 is recommended to meet this requirement.

English 555: Introduction to TESOL: The course will provide a general overview of the TESL profession covering prominent theories, methodologies, and issues in the field. Coursework will cover the major methods, including Grammar-Translation, the Direct Method, Audiolingualism, and Communicative Language Teaching. In addition, issues of learner variables, motivation, and contexts of teaching and learning will also be addressed. Students will participate in mock lessons, tutoring sessions, and observations.

C. PEDAGOGICAL ENGLISH GRAMMAR (3 CH). This requirement is met by either English 506 (for students with no or little Linguistics background), or English 612 (for students with Linguistics preparation). Students should consult with the Program Advisor to choose the appropriate course.

English/SLAT 506: Modern English Grammar for TESL: This course covers basic concepts in English grammar and linguistics for teachers of English as a global language, and is useful for students of TESL, English, and Linguistics. The first part of the course, grounded in data-driven usage examples, introduces the basics of linguistics by examining English phonology, lexico-grammar, and socio-pragmatics from both structural and functional perspectives. The second part of the course, grounded in problem-based pedagogical examples, introduces the pedagogy of English pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and discourse. 

English/SLAT 612: Grammatical Analysis

D. RESEARCH METHODS (3 CH). Engl 596j is recommended to meet this requirement.

English/SLAT 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.

E. SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION (3 CH). English 615 is recommended to meet this requirement:

English/SLAT 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.

F. MATERIALS/CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT AND/OR ASSESSMENT (3 CH). A regularly taught course that meets this requirement includes:

English/SLAT 613: Methods of TESOL (Advanced): The first half of this course will cover the basics of developing materials for English language teaching and issues related to curriculum design and development. The second half of the course will focus on ESL/EFL assessment and related issues like standards and testing.

G. SPECIALTY COURSES (6 CH). Students must take two courses from the following offerings:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • English 596o: English in a Global Context: With its history, spread, and status, English is in many ways unique in the global linguistic landscape. In this course, we will critically examine many issues related to English and the teaching of English, including world Englishes, the sociopolitics of English language teaching, English and globalization, and the notion of the native speaker.
  • English 596o: Introduction to Corpus Linguistics: This course is designed as an introduction to Corpus Linguistics and its applications to Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. The course has three major objectives: · to present an overview of the current state of research findings in this field, particularly as they relate to second language acquisition and teaching; · to introduce analytical techniques required for students to carry out their own corpus linguistic research projects; · to introduce class members to tools for using corpus linguistics in research and teaching. Class members will be asked to read and discuss assigned texts and to complete and present a term project. Please bring a laptop to every class.


English 693a: Applied ESL: This course incorporates observation, reflection, and practicum experiences in local intensive English, refugee, and community literacy programs with discussion of classroom teaching and management techniques.


Students take one additional course that matches their own teaching and research interests. It is usually taken from the SLAT course list, which is available on the SLAT website []. GATs may count their Preceptorship (English 591) as this elective.



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