AL 6121 Historical Linguistics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites AL 3021 or FORL 3021 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Comprehensive introduction to historical and comparative linguistics with a focus on causes and mechanisms of language change over time.

AL 6131 Bilingualism
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Comprehensive introduction to the phenomena, role, and function of bilingualism in the contemporary world with special emphasis on North America.

AL 8240 General Linguistics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An introduction to linguistic theory focusing on subtopics of particular relevance to language teachers: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics.

AL 8250 Second Language Acquisition
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Survey of the complex variables underlying second language acquisition and the various perspectives that inform second language acquisition theories. Current theories of second language acquisition and their implications for second language teaching.

AL 8270 Selected Topics in Applied Linguistics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Study of current theory and research in selected topics in English as a second/foreign language. This course may be repeated with change in content with consent of adviser.

AL 8320 The Sound System of English
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Comprehensive treatment of second language pronunciation pedagogy drawing on current theory, research, and practice. Thorough grounding in the sound system of North American English and in research on the acquisition of second language pronunciation abilities. In-depth discussion of instructional issues.

AL 8330 Intercultural Communication
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An overview of intercultural communication, including cultural differences in pedagogy and the role of culture in second language acquisition.

AL 8400 Preparation for Undergraduate Teaching
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course allows students to shadow an experienced instructor in an existing Applied Linguistics/English as Second Language course. Enrollment limited to AL/ESL graduate students.

AL 8410 International Internship
Credit Hours 1.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites One full semester of graduate work in the Department of Applied Linguistics and approval from a faculty member
Description

This course provides an opportunity for graduate students in applied linguistics to participate in international activities under the supervision of a GSU faculty member. Students will gain occupational skills through hands-on experience and apply second language acquisition theory and pedagogical training to real-world situations. Students will also learn experientially about intercultural communication. These credit hours are in addition to other requirements of the MA Degree.

AL 8450 Approaches to Teaching Second/Foreign Languages
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An overview, description, and analysis of methods and approaches to second language teaching. Focus on theoretical perspectives, major issues, and current controversies. Examination of the historical and theoretical foundations. Particular attention to long-term development of language teachers as decision-makers and problem-solvers.

AL 8460 English Grammar for ESL/EFL Teachers
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Investigation of the characteristics of the English language with emphasis on form and meaning in discourse. Discussion and applications to the teaching of ESL/EFL, especially the development and modification of language-teaching curricula, lessons, and materials.

AL 8470 Sociolinguistics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The fundamental concepts of sociolinguistics: the study of the interplay of linguistic, social, and cultural factors in human communication. Relation of those concepts to the concerns of language teaching, particularly the teaching of English as a second or foreign language.

AL 8480 Classroom Practices in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Emphasis on practical needs of prospective English language teachers and complement to the department’s required AL 8450 course. Focus specifically on classroom techniques, instructional procedures, and teacher/learner behaviors. Familiarization with instructional procedures consistent with established theoretical principles of second language teaching/learning.

AL 8520 Psycholinguistics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

A broad introduction to psycholinguistics at the graduate level, covering general methodology for the study of psycholingustics, the nature of language, biological bases of language, language and the brain, animal communication systems, language comprehension, discourse processing, speech perception and production, and first and second language development.

AL 8530 Issues in Second Language Writing
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as ENGL 8530.) Theories and practices underlying the teaching and learning of second language writing. Emphasis on developing the background necessary for graduate students to examine and refine their own pedagogical positions on the teaching of writing.

AL 8550 Second Language Evaluation and Assessment
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An overview of language testing with a focus on the development of teacher-generated tests to measure student’s achievement in a second language.

AL 8570 Second Language Reading-Writing Relationships
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Examination of evolving theories of reading and writing as interconnected sociocognitive processes and of the changing nature of these processes in the transition from print to electronic literacies. Exploration of pedagogical implications of the new multiliteracies for second language classrooms.

AL 8610 Teacher Supervision in the Teaching of English as a Second Language to Adults
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course focuses on second language (L2) teacher supervision from both teachers’ and supervisors’ perspectives. Course objectives include deepening awareness of the constructive possibilities supervision can play in the lives of language teachers, supervisors, and other language program administrators.

AL 8620 Technology and Language Teaching
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course provides an overview of computer-based or technology-enhanced language learning and teaching through exploring a working theory of technology and language learning environments, using and discussing existing and potential applications of computer and corpus tools and approaches in the language classroom, and creating projects to use and test knowledge gained through reading, discussion, and hands-on experience.

AL 8630 English for Specific Purposes (ESP)
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Refers to that branch of ESL teaching and research in which the course content and teaching methods are derived from an analysis of a specific language use situation, such as English for business, English for tour guides, English for English teaching, or English for air traffic control. The course focuses on two aspects of ESP teaching and research that may be said to distinguish them from more general purpose English: authenticity of task and the interaction between language knowledge and specific purpose content knowledge.

AL 8660 Materials Design, Development and Publication
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Analysis of materials used in teaching ESL/EFL. Investigation of teacher and student use of materials. Design, development, and publication of a set of materials.

AL 8710 Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Fundamental concepts of qualitative and quantitative reseach methods. Focus is on understanding the main research paradigms in applied linguistics, critically evaluating published research articles, and interpreting basic descriptive and inferential statistics.

AL 8760 Corpus Linguistics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Review of the literature on corpus linguistics with a focus on both the conceptual and methodological underpinnings of the field. Analysis of a selection of corpora of English. Development of corpora. Use of concordancing software in corpus analysis.

AL 8765 Phraseology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Analysis of patterns of lexis in text and underlying phrase patterns characteristic of various discourse types with applications to issues in applied linguistics.

AL 8780 Discourse Analysis for Language Teachers
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

In-depth investigation of various topics related to the analysis of oral discourse. Using insights from several approaches to discourse analysis, this course focuses on the nature of spoken communication with special emphasis on how discourse analysis can be effectively used in L2 classrooms. A primary goal is to develop analytical skills for purposes of teaching and research.

AL 8900 Practicum in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Practical teaching experience for pre-service teachers of English as a second language. Enrollment limited to AL/ESL graduate students whose schedules permit them to observe and participate in the practicum supervisor’s ESL course.

AL 8910 Directed Individual Study
Credit Hours 1.0 - 3.0
Description

Exploration of a particular area of interest in department. Study is based on plan submitted by the student. Permission of adviser required.

AL 8920 Research Apprenticeship for Graduate Research Assistants
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Supervised research as an assistant to a faculty member. Required of all GRA’s in the department. Does not count toward degree requirements.

AL 8930 Apprenticeship for Graduate Laboratory Assistants
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Supervised work as a graduate laboratory assistant. Required of all GLA’s in the department. Does not count toward degree.

AL 8940 Teaching Apprenticeship for Graduate Teaching Assistants
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

In-service teacher training for GTA’s. Required for all GTA’s in the department. Does not count toward degree requirements.

AL 8950 Developing MA Portfolio
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Development of skills necessary to prepare MA portfolio and MA paper. Special attention is given to (1) documentation and introspection of classroom-based and professional development experiences; and (2) development of research and writing skills. The course includes a series of talks given by faculty members on professional development topics. Does not count toward degree requirements.

AL 8955 Academic and Professional Socialization for Applied Linguistics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

In this doctoral course, students will read about and discuss issues related to being a successful doctoral student and job applicant. Topics include the importance of mentors, time-management, professional development (e.g., writing abstracts for conferences, presenting papers, writing for publication), ethics (e.g., multiple authorship), development of CVs, grant-writing, deconstruction of job ads, jobs (e.g., phone interviews, on-site interviews), and the first year on the job (e.g., research, teachings, and service). Students also keep a reflective journal.

AL 8960 Quantitative Research Methods
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites AL 8710
Description

Focus on the most widely used and useful statistical methods in Applied Linguistics (AL). Examination of statistical concepts and methods fundamental to analysis and explanation of empirical data.

AL 8961 Qualitative Research Methods
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites AL 8710
Description

Overview of issues related to qualitative research methods. Topics include various types of methodology, data collection and analysis. Course is for doctoral and advanced MA students.

AL 8962 Seminar in Research Methods
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites AL 8960 and AL 8961, or permission of instructor
Description

In-depth investigation of various topics related to research methods. May be repeated if topics vary. Course is for doctoral and advanced MA students.

AL 8970 Current Issues in Linguistic Analysis
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites AL 8240
Description

Overview of linguistic theory of particular relevance to applied linguistics. Topics may include syntax, morphology, and cross-language speech perception. May be repeated if topics vary.

AL 8972 Seminar in Language and Cognition
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

In-depth investigation of current research in a language-and-cognition-related topic such as psycholinguistics or the second language lexicon. Course may be repeated if topic varies. Course is for doctoral and advanced MA students.

AL 8977 Seminar in Sociolinguistics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

In-depth investigation of a topic related to sociolinguistics, such as language attitudes or language policy and planning. May be repeated if topics vary. Course is for doctoral and advanced MA students.

AL 8978 Seminar in Discourse Analysis
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

In-depth investigation of a topic related to discourse analysis, such as academic discourse analysis, critical discourse analysis, conversation analysis, formulaic language, or genre theory. May be repeated if topics vary. Course is for doctoral and advanced MA students.

AL 8980 Current Issues in Adult Second Language Acquisition
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites AL 8250
Description

Survey of current research and theory in the field of L2 acquisition. Topics may include cognitive, sociocultural, and discourse theories of second language acquisition. For each topic, examination of underlying epistemologies (including theories and research methods) and evaluations of the implications of established findings for second and foreign language learning by adults. Course is for doctoral and advanced MA students. May be repeated if topics vary.

AL 8981 Seminar in Second and Foreign Language Pedagogy
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

In-depth investigation of a topic related to second and/or foreign language pedagogy, such as task-based language learning and assessment, L2 pronunciation, or critical pedagogy. May be repeated if topics vary. Course is for doctoral and advanced MA students.

AL 8982 Seminar in Second Language Acquisition
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

In-depth investigation of a topic related to second language acquisition. May be repeated if topics vary. Course is for doctoral and advanced MA students.

AL 8987 Seminar in Second Language Reading, Writing, and Literacy
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

In-depth investigation of a topic related to reading, writing, or literacy in a second or foreign language. May be repeated if topics vary. Course is for doctoral and advanced MA students.

AL 8990 Current Issues in Preparation of Second Language Teachers
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites AL 8450 or consent of instructor or PhD student status
Description

For prospective educators of ESL and EFL teachers. Focuses on theory, processes, and research options teacher educators may explore to prepare language teachers to work in diverse cultural, linguistic, and social contexts. Expands awareness of social, cultural, professional, and institutional considerations that combine to influence the process of serving as an educator of ESL/EFL teachers, especially of those teachers who work in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) settings with adult learners. Research project focused on L2 teacher learning and/or teacher development required. Course is for doctoral and advanced MA students.

AL 8991 Seminar in Second and Foreign Language Pedagogy
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

In-depth investigation of a topic related to second and/or foreign language pedagogy, such as task-based language learning and assessment, L2 pronunciation, or critical pedagogy. May be repeated if topics vary. Course is for doctoral and advanced MA students.

AL 8992 Seminar in Second Language Teacher Development
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites AL 8990 or consent of instructor
Description

Designed for prospective educators of ESL and EFL teachers. Surveys current research and theory in second language (L2) teacher learning and professional development of L2 teachers. Participants will complete a research project focused on L2 teacher learning and/or teacher development as part of course requirements. Course may be repeated if topic varies. Course is for doctoral and advanced MA students.

AL 8994 Seminar in Language and Technology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

In-depth investigation of a topic related to language and technology. May be repeated if topics vary. Course is for doctoral and advanced MA students.

AL 8995 Seminar in Second Language Assessment and Evaluation
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

In-depth investigation of a topic in assessment. May be repeated if topics vary. Course is for doctoral and advanced MA students.

AL 9800 Selected Topics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Study of current theory and research in variable topics in Applied Linguistics. Course may be repeated if topic varies.

AL 9900 Research
Credit Hours 3.0 - 6.0
Description

An independent study course for students carrying out non- dissertation research. Can also be used for independent reading course for students preparing for qualifying examination.

AL 9999 Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credit Hours 1.0 - 12.0
Description