2019-2020 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 of English as a new language with implications for teaching reading, writing, and grammar in monolingual or multilingual contexts. The basic nature of language, oral and written language, 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 inform planning for teaching first or second language. Structural and semantic differences between students’ first languages and English as a new language are examined and used in planning for learning. Participants will explore their own culture to deepen their understanding of the interdependency of language and culture.