LING 201 Introduction to Linguistics
This is an introduction to linguistics with a focus on North American English (NAE) and provides an overview of syntax, morphology, phonology, phonetics, the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), semantics, and pragmatics.
LING 301 Phonology/phonetics of North American English
This course provides a detailed account of the phonology and phonetics of North American English for TESL/TESFL with an emphasis on teaching pronunciation. Topics include the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), phonemes and allophones, articulators and air stream mechanisms, phonotactics, and prosody (stress, rhythm, phrasing, assimilation, intonation.)
LING 302 Second Language Acquisition
This course provides an overview of foundational theories related to second-language acquisition. Topics include first language acquisition and age effects; differences and similarities between learning a first language and a second (or third language); the development of “inter-language grammars;” cross linguistic interference or transfer effects, variability in second language learning, and the role and effectiveness of teachers in the language classroom.
English 315 English Grammar
Especially recommended for those planning to teach, this course meets Virginia State Department of Education certification requirements for the teaching of English. This course offers an introduction to the basic elements of the study of language, including phonology (sound patterns), morphology (word formation), syntax (sentence structure), semantics (vocabulary), and orthography (spelling). The course also explores ways of teaching grammar and its impact on writing, reading and speaking.
SPAN/FRENCH 470 Methodology of Teaching Second Languages
This course is designed for students interested in teaching Spanish, French, or English as a second language (ESL). The course provides a thorough introduction to contemporary theories of second language acquisition, methods of language teaching and assessment, and current issues in second language teaching. Additional work will be required for graduate credit.