3110 Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics
  • Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Minor in Applied Linguistics
  • ESL Credit-Bearing Courses
  • Intensive English Program
  • Dual B.A. / M.A. in Applied Linguistics

Department of Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language
15th Floor, 25 Park Place Building (beginning fall 2014)

Sara C. Weigle, Chair
Kris Acheson-Clair, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Applied linguistics is an interdisciplinary field that integrates many perspectives on the study of human language. Studying linguistics is not a matter of learning many different languages, but rather it is the study of the nature of language in general. Applied Linguistics is the study of language and communication in relation to real-world problems such as language acquisition and teaching, language assessment, improving intercultural communication, and understanding the relationship between language and social organization.

The Department of Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language offers (1) a B.A. degree in Applied Linguistics; (2) a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), (3) ESL credit-bearing courses for non-native speakers of English, and (4) Intensive English Program (IEP) courses for non-native speakers of English.

The B.A. in Applied Linguistics provides the opportunity for students to explore the field of linguistics from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The TEFL certificate program provides students with appropriate skills and a credential that will enable them to teach English as a foreign language abroad. Students majoring in any undergraduate program can earn the TEFL certificate. In addition, the certificate can be earned by any postbaccalaureate student. TEFL certificate requirements consist of the following five courses: AL 3021, AL 3041, AL 3051, AL 3101, and AL 4161. AL 3021 is a prerequisite for AL 3041, AL 3051, and AL 4161. AL 3051 is a prerequisite for AL 4161.

For information on credit-bearing ESL courses for non-native speakers of English and the Intensive English Program, see Sections 3230 (English as a Second Language) and 3330 (Intensive English Program).

Program Academic Regulations

Students must earn a grade of C or better in any courses required for Areas F and G. A grade of C or higher is also required in all courses counting toward an Applied Linguistics minor.

Program Degree Requirements

Alternatives are available to some core and major requirements. Please see a degree program adviser for specific guidelines. In addition to the Program Degree Requirements, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see section 3030) and the University Degree Requirements (see section 1400).

Program Financial Information

Effective summer 2009, lab fees will be assessed automatically for students who register for certain courses. As a result, students will no longer be required to purchase lab fee cards. For more information, please feel free to contact the department or review the GoSolar or catalog course listings to determine if a course includes a lab fee.

B.A. in Applied Linguistics

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major Field (18)

  1. Required courses (6):
    Choose two of the following:

    • AL 2021 Introduction to English Linguistics (3)*
    • AL 2101 Introduction to Language (3)*
    • AL 2102 Languages of the World (3)
    • AL 2231 Understanding Miscommunication (3)
    • AL 2290 Introductory Special Topics in Applied Linguistics (3)

*NOTE:  Students may not count both AL 2021 and 2101 towards this requirement. Some 2000-level courses are prerequisites to upper-level AL courses. See GoSOLAR or an advisor for details.

  1. The foreign language requirement for the degree is as follows.
    1. Students must complete foreign languages courses through level 2002 in one foreign language or demonstrate equivalent proficiency through examination (e.g., Advanced Placement, CLEP, or other approved examination procedures).
    2. Students must complete at least one semester of a less commonly taught language (i.e., any language other than French, German, Latin, Spanish, or Italian) and are strongly encouraged to study a non-Indo-European language to fulfill this requirement. NOTE: American Sign Language is considered a LTCL for the purposes of fulfilling this requirement.
      • Lang 100 Elementary Foreign Language I* (0-6)
      • Lang 1002 Elementary Foreign Language II (0-3)
      • Lang 2001 Intermediate Foreign Language I (0-3)
      • Lang 2002 Intermediate Foreign Language II (0-3)

*NOTE: At least one course at the 1001 level must be a Less Commonly Taught Language.
A student may include foreign language study through course 1002 in area C; in this case additional electives may be taken in Area F to attain 18 credit hours.

  1. Electives (0-12)*
    • Lang 1001 – 1002 Elementary Foreign Language I & II (3-6)
    • Lang 2001 – 2002 Intermediate Foreign Language I & II (3-6)
    • ANTH 1102 Introduction to Anthropology (3)
    • ANTH 2020 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
    • ECON 2100 Global Economy (3)
    • ENGL 2110 World Literature (3)
    • PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
    • PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology (3)
    • SPCH 1010 Voice and Articulation (3)
    • SPCH 2650 Interpersonal Communication (3)

*NOTE: Students who complete their foreign language requirement through examination or use their FL courses in a minor must choose additional electives at the 1000-2000 level to reach 18 credit hours in Area F.

Area G: Major Courses (30)

  1. Students must complete AL 2021 or successfully pass the departmental placement test to enroll in AL 3021.
  2. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (6)
    • AL 3031 Language in Society-CTW (3) and
    • AL 4151  Communication across Cultures-CTW (3) OR
    • AL 4241 Senior Seminar in Applied Linguistics-CTW (3)
  3. Major Requirements (6):
    AL 3021 is a prerequisite to the courses in this area. Choose two (the third may be used as elective under #4 below):

    • AL 3041 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition (3)+
    • AL 4011 Phonetics and Phonology (3)
    • AL 4012 Morphology and Syntax (3)
  4. Electives in the Department of Applied Linguistics and ESL. (9)
    • AL 3051 Teaching English as a Foreign Language I: Methods and Approaches (3)+
    • AL 3101 English Grammar in Use (3)+
    • AL 4111 Semantics and Pragmatics (3)
    • AL 4121 Historical Linguistics (3)
    • AL 4131 Bilingualism (3)
    • AL 4141 Special Topics (3)
    • AL 4151 Communication across Cultures-CTW (3)
    • AL 4161 Teaching English as a Foreign Language II: Practicum and Classroom Practices (3)*
    • AL 4980 Internship (3)
    • AL 4985 Internship Abroad (3)
    • AL 4999 Directed Reading (3)

+NOTE: Students completing the five courses marked with a plus sign (+) will also receive the certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

  1. Electives in other departments. Other relevant electives may be taken with the approval of the student’s advisor. Study abroad courses offered through any department may be used as electives with adviser approval. (6)
    • AAS 3240 Peoples and Cultures of Africa (3)
    • AAS 3955/ENGL 3955 Language in the African-American Community (3)
    • ANTH 4040 Gender, Race, and Class in Complex Societies (3)
    • ANTH 4490 Global and Local Culture (3)
    • ECON 3610 Economy of South Africa (3)
    • EXC 4370 Survival Level American Sign Language (3)
    • EXC 4380 Intermediate Level Am Sign Language (3)
    • ENGL 3100 20th Century Composition Theory and Practice (3)
    • ENGL 3200 Introduction to English Language (3)
    • ENGL 3210 Advanced Grammar (3)
    • ENGL 3220 History of the English Language (3)
    • FORL 3022 Foundations of Second Language Teaching (3)
    • GRMN 4401 Phonetics and Phonology (3)
    • HIST 4820 Cross-Cultural Encounters in World History (4)
    • JOUR 4650 International Communication (3)
    • Lang 3xxx Chosen from 3000-level courses in your foreign language
    • PHIL 4530 Philosophy of Language (3)
    • PSYC 4030 Cross-Cultural Psychology (3)
    • PSYC 4100 Cognitive Psychology (3)
    • RELS 3270 Survey of World Religions (3)
    • SOCI 3212 Race and Ethnic Relations (3)
    • SOCI 3340 Population Problems (3)
    • SPCH 3450 Non-Verbal Communication (3)
    • SPCH 3750 Intercultural Communication (3)
    • SPCH 4400 Development of Communication and Language across the Lifespan (3)
    • SPCH 4410 Communication Disorders (3)
    • SPCH 4490 Communication and Gender (3)

Area H: Minor and Additional Courses

  1. Students majoring in applied linguistics are not required to take a minor.
  2. Students majoring in applied linguistics must take additional courses as electives to complete a minimum of 120 hours, exclusive of KH 1010. Students are strongly encouraged to choose electives from the lists above.

Minor Offerings

Students who wish to minor in applied linguistics should complete the following six requirements (15-18 hours). A grade of C or higher is required in all courses counting toward the minor. AL/ForL 3021 Introduction to Linguistics is a prerequisite for all courses in 3-6.

  1. Lang 1002 Beginning Foreign Language II (3)*
  2. AL 3021/FORL 3021 Introduction to Linguistics (3)
  3. AL 3031 Language in Society (3)
  4. Select one course. (3)
  5. Select one course. (3)
  6. Select one course. (3):
    Choose from remaining courses above under 4 and 5 or from the following list:

*NOTE: Lang 1002 is waived if it is a requirement in the student’s declared major.

Dual B.A. / M.A. Program in Applied Linguistics

The department offers a dual Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics. The dual degree opportunity enables qualified students to enroll in graduate courses late in their undergraduate program and apply the coursework toward both the bachelor’s and master’s programs.

Students must be formally accepted into the dual degree program by the department and College of Arts and Sciences to be able to take graduate courses as an undergraduate. Additionally, acceptance into the dual program does not constitute admission to the master’s program. Students must fulfill regular graduate admissions requirements and apply for the master’s program following college processes.

Information about the dual program, including application instructions and program requirements, can be found at cas.gsu.edu/dual-degrees/.