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AL 8240 GENERAL LINGUISTICS 3.0
General Linguistics.
An introduction to linguistic theory focusing on subtopics of particular relevance to language teachers: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics.

AL 8250 SECOND LANG ACQUISITION 3.0
Second Language Acquisition.
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 8320 SOUND SYSTEM OF ENGLISH 3.0
The Sound System of English.
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 COMMUNICATN 3.0
Intercultural Communication.
An overview of intercultural communication, including cultural differences in pedagogy and the role of culture in second language acquisition.

AL 8450 APPROACHES TO TCH SEC/FOR LANG 3.0
Approaches to Teaching Second/Foreign Languages.
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 ENG GRAM FOR ESL/EFL TCHR 3.0
English Grammar for ESL/EFL Teachers.
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 3.0
Sociolinguistics.
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 PRAC IN TESL/FL 3.0
Classroom Practices in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language.
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 8500 PRAGMATICS & LANG TCHNG 3.0
Pragmatics and Language Teaching.
A survey of pragmatic theory, its influence on the development of notions of communicative competence, and the bridge between theory and classroom practice in communicative language teaching.

AL 8520 PSYCHOLINGUISTICS 3.0
Psycholinguistics.
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 ISS IN SEC LANG WRITING 3.0
Issues in Second Language Writing.
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 LANG EVALUATION 3.0
Second Language Evaluation and Assessment.
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 8660 MATER DESIGN, DEVEL & PUB 3.0
Materials Design, Development and Publication.
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 3.0
Research Design and Statistics for Applied Linguistics.
Fundamental concepts of research design and statistics. Research planning for experimental design and data analysis.

AL 8760 CORPUS LINGUISTICS 3.0
Corpus Linguistics
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 8770 CONVERSATION ANALYSIS 3.0
Conversation Analysis Introduction to the principles, tools, and methods used in the empirical study of the structure of conversation, with special emphasis on analysis of differences between cultures and issues arising in native/non-native speaker interaction.

AL 8780 DISCRSE ANALYS FOR LANG TCHRS 3.0
Discourse Analysis for Language Teachers.
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: TEACHING ESL 3.0
Practicum in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Practical teaching experience for preservice 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 3.0
Directed Individual Study. 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 3.0
Research Apprenticeship for Graduate Research Assistants.
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 GLAS 3.0
Apprenticeship for Graduate Laboratory Assistants.
Supervised work as a graduate laboratory assistant. Required of all GLA's in the department. Does not count toward degree.

AL 8940 TEACHING APPRENTICESHIP 3.0
Teaching Apprenticeship for Graduate Teaching Assistants.
In-service teacher training for GTA's. Required for all GTA's in the department. Does not count toward degree requirements.

AL 8950 PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT 3.0
Developing MA Portfolio.
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 8960 QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS 3.0
Quantitative Research Methods in Applied Linguistics.
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 derived in AL research studies. The students will learn to use SPSS software for data analysis.

AL 8961 QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS 3.0
Qualitative Research Methods in Applied Linguistics.
Overview of issues related to qualitative research methods. Topics include various types of methodology, data collection and analysis.

AL 8962 SEMINAR IN RESEARCH METHODS 3.0
Seminar in Research Methods.
In depth investigation of various topics related to research methods. May be repeated if topics vary.

AL 8970 LINGUISTIC THEORY 3.0
Linguistic Theory in Applied Linguistics.
Overview of linguistic theory of particular relevance to applied linguistics. Topics include generative syntax, typology, and cross-language perception.

AL 8980 CUR ISS SEC LANG ACQUISITION 3.0
Current Issues in Adult Second Language Acquisition.
Survey of current research and theory in the field of L2 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.

AL 8972 SEM LANG COGNITION COMMUNICATN 3.0
Seminar in Language, Cognition, and Communication.
Latest research in special areas of second language learning as it relates to cognition, behavior, and communication. Topics may include cognitive, social, and/or experimental perspectives regarding biological, psychological, social, and cultural factors in the learning and using of second languages. Course may be repeated if topic varies.

AL 8983 BILINGUAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING 3.0
Bilingual Language Processing Examination of current research on bilingual language processing and its potential implications for second language acquisition and teaching.

AL 8990 CUR ISS PREP SEC LANG TEACHER 3.0
Current Issues in Preparation of Second Language Teachers.
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.

AL 8992 SEM: LANG TEACHING/TCHR DEVLPM 3.0
Seminar in Language Teaching and Teacher Development.
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.

AL 9800 SELECTED TOPICS 3.0
Selected Topics.
Study of current theory and research in variable topics in Applied Linguistics. Course may be repeated if topic varies.

AL 9900 RESEARCH 3.0 to 6.0
Research.
An independent study course for students carrying out nondissertation research. Can also be used for independent reading course for students preparing for qualifying examination.

AL 9999 DOCTORAL DISSERTATION RESEARCH 1.0 to 12.0
Doctoral Dissertation Research.