2016-2017 Graduate Academic Catalog

EECLD 6002 Essential Linguistics: What Every Teacher Needs to Know about Language

This course takes a practical approach to the study of linguistics and English as a new language with implications for teaching ESL, reading, writing, spelling, phonics, and grammar in monolingual or multilingual contexts. The basic nature of language, first language acquisition, language variation, language change, and the relations of language to society and culture are explored. The course focuses on the development of linguistic foundational knowledge elements such as phonology, morphology, syntax, and pragmatics that informs planning for teaching first or second language. Structural and semantic differences between the student's first and English as a new language are examined and used in planning for learning.