Fall 2013

Course Code Course and Credits Instructor Day Time Dates
(R) GSL 500 Foundations of Linguistics Fox T
4:30-7:00 pm Aug 27-Dec 10
(R) GSL 506 Master's Seminar Booth M 4:30-7:00 pm Aug 26-Dec 9
(R) GSL 542 Theory & Method in Second Language Teaching Evans Th  4:30-7:00 pm Aug 29-Dec 12
(R) GSL 543 Teaching Oral Skills in ESL/EFL  Duffy T 4:30-7:00 pm Aug 27-Dec 10

 (R) GSL 544   

 Teaching Reading and Writing in ESOL

 Arani  W 5:00-7:30 pm  Aug 28-Dec 11
(E) GSL 546

K-12 Literacy for ESL
Partially online, $35 fee

(Required for K-12 Licensure and Endorsement)

Gyuk W      5:00-7:30 pm Aug 28-Dec 11
(E) GSL 547

ESL in the Content Areas

Partially online, $35 fee

(Required for K-12 Licensure and Endorsement)


Rodis Th  4:30-7:00 pm Aug 29-Dec 12

(E) GSL 606


Curriculum Design

Online $90 e-College fee

Online Aug 26-Dec 13
(R) GSL 620 Testing & Assessment  Duffy M 4:30-7:00 pm Aug 26-Dec 9
(R) GSL 685 Practicum I: Seminar/Observation Cummings W 5:30-8:00 pm Aug 28-Dec 11
(R) GSL 688 Practicum II: Classroom Teaching Gamache W 4:30-7:00 pm Aug 28-Dec 11

GSL 500 - Foundations of Linguistics

This course provides an overview of topics and issues in language and linguistics. It covers basic concepts and terminology in the major areas of phonology and phonetics, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, pragmatics, psychology of language, and language acquisition.

GSL 506 - Master's Seminar

This course will introduce students to the discourse community of TESOL in the field of Applied Linguistics and develop the ability to read critically in the field and to write competently about topics in the field. By the mid-point of the Master’s Seminar, students make the decision to either write a Thesis or complete a Capstone Paper.

GSL 542 - Theory and Method in Language Teaching

This course addresses the most current theories of first and second language acquisition across different age and developmental levels as well as across diverse cultural groupings. Content covers: effects of age, attitude, human learning styles, personality, socio-cultural factors, affective factors, and first language on learning a second language, needs of the learner, the role of the teacher and the application of methodology in developing communicative competence in a second language.

GSL 543 - Teaching of Oral Skills in ESL/EFL

Relevant theoretical issues as well as demonstration and discussion of materials and techniques for teaching the skills of listening, speaking, and pronunciation to all levels and all ages in various environments are the foci of this course.

GSL 544 - Teaching Reading and Writing in ESOL

The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of current theories in teaching reading and writing to second-language learners. The course discusses the basic reading and writing skills that second-language learners need, presents a framework of methods and techniques to teach these skills, and suggests curricular assessment techniques for selecting and evaluating instructional strategies and materials.

GSL 546 - K-12 Literacy for ESL

This course explores the following topics: the process of emergent literacy and decoding for younger and older English learners in schools; the difference between first and second-language literacy acquisition; the role of oral language development in reading and writing; assessment of reading levels with narrative and informational text; and planning standards-based literacy lessons and assessments. The practicum will provide opportunities to observe and deliver instruction and assessment in emergent literacy. Partially online.

GSL 547 - ESOL in the Content Areas

This course covers material essential to ESL teachers who plan to teach in U.S. K-12 classrooms. The course is designed to develop skill and knowledge in two critical elements of teaching culturally and linguistically diverse K-12 classes: 1) differentiating content instruction to accommodate linguistic and cultural diversity, and 2) integrating instruction in Academic English into content lessons. In addition, students will learn about assessing and accommodating learning differences (including giftedness) in the ELL student population. The practicum, which includes focused observation in content classrooms, is required for licensure/endorsement purposes and for integration of course material. Partially online.

GSL 600 - Teaching Vocabulary in ESOL

This course presents an overview of lexical semantics and vocabulary acquisition and examines the principles and procedures of teaching vocabulary in the ESL/EFL classroom. Topics include explicit and implicit vocabulary learning, a 'lexical approach' to developing language proficiency, and assessment of vocabulary knowledge. A practical experience component and a course project develop both theoretical and practical aspects of the course.

GSL 606 - Curriculum and Syllabus Design

This course examines curriculum and syllabus planning for TESOL programs with respect to assessing the needs of different learners; setting realistic goals; surveying existing programs; examining the purposes of curriculum and syllabus; and evaluating various syllabus types. Participants relate this information to a particular teaching situation and develop an outline of a curriculum and appropriate syllabi. Online.

Requirements: Competence in the MAC or Windows operating system (WinXP or higher), basic file management, Internet navigation, e-mail, and word-processing. Must be able to store large files (Flash drive, personal Web account). A $90 e-College Lab fee will be charged.

GSL 620 - Principles of Testing and Assessment in Language Teaching

This course gives teachers-in-training a basic understanding of assessment in TESOL. The class sessions include brief input and discussion of weekly topics and review and critique of standardized assessment instruments. Course tasks will include critique and development of test prompts and items, statistical and pedagogical analyses of test information, test review and evaluation, a course project and a final class project presentation.

GSL 685 - Practicum I: Seminar/Observation

Students may assist in an ESOL adult class to gain awareness of ELL needs, observe the connection between objectives, activities, and assessment, identify techniques and strategies, create lesson plans, and teach part or whole lessons.

GSL 688 - Practicum II: Classroom Teaching

Students serve as classroom interns in department programs, area schools, and a variety of other institutions. Activities include classroom observation, conferences for planning and feedback, and twenty hours of classroom teaching. Should be taken in the student’s final semester.