Spring 2016

Course Code Course Name Instructor Days Time/Dates
(R) GSL 502* English Grammar
(Required for K-12 Licensure + Endorsement)
O'Dowd M 4:30-7:00pm
(R) GSL 506 Master's Seminar  Booth Th 4:30-7:00pm
(R) GSL 543 Teaching of Oral Skills in ESOL White T 4:30-7:00pm
(E) GSL 606 Curriculum & Syllabus Design
(E) GSL 608
Discourse & Error Analysis
Arani Th 4:30-7:00pm
TBA Elective
TBA M 4:30-7:00pm
(E) GSL 612* Bilingualism & Multicultural Education
(Required for K-12 Licensure + Endorsement)
Nigolian (Meets alternate weeks) M 4:45-7:15pm
(E) GSL 655* Language Learning and Assessment for Children
Required for K-12 Licensure + Endorsement)
Sedic-Lawton (Meets alternate weeks) T 5:00-7:30pm
(R) GSL 685 Practicum I: Seminar/Observation Farrelly W 6:00-8:30pm
(R) GSL 688 Practicum II: Classroom Teaching Evans W 4:30-7:00pm
(E) GSL 690 Thesis Research Seminar Booth Th 11:30-2:00pm

*= Required for PreK-12 ELL Licensure and Endorsement

GSL 502 English Grammar


This course provides an introduction to the study of grammar, with a functional, text-based approach and with special attention to difficult areas for writers of English as a second or foreign language. A comprehensive overview of the structure of English is presented. Required for PreK-12 ELL Licensure and Endorsement programs; includes a 20-hour grade 7-12 practicum.

GSL 506 Master’s Seminar

This course introduces students to the discourse community of TESOL in the field of Applied Linguistics and helps 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 543 Teaching of Oral Skills in ESOL

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 606 – Curriculum and Syllabus Design (ONLINE)

This course examines curriculum and syllabus design principles for TESOL programs and applies them to the participants’ current or future teaching contexts. In weekly discussions participants analyze and critique sample documents and develop peer-reviewed elements of a curriculum in stages. These include a program and learner needs assessment, language proficiency assessment, measurable goals and outcomes, a course outline, and a lesson/unit with activities as well as performance-based assessment plans and instruments. Several webinars/chat sessions are part of instruction. Requirements: Competence in the MAC or Windows operating system; an external headset/microphone (USB preferred)

GSL 608 – Discourse & Error Analysis

The purpose of this course is two fold: A) to examine approaches in error/discourse analysis of second language learners' language and  B) to provide an opportunity for the MATESL students to analyze written text produced by ESL/EFL students and to design instructional materials based on their analysis.

GSL 612 Bilingualism and Multicultural Education

MEETS ALTERNATE WEEKS, PARTIALLY ONLINE This course explores bilingualism first as a worldwide phenomenon, including its acquisition by children and adults. It then moves to bilingual development in education with special reference to linguistically and culturally diverse English learners in U.S. schools, focusing on the cognitive, political, and socio-cultural issues involved in educating them.  Finally, the course addresses such multicultural topics as cross-cultural awareness; how acculturation affects learning; the home cultures of English learners both locally and nationally; and outreach connections with the families and communities of local English learners. Required for PreK-12 ELL Licensure and Endorsement programs. 

GSL 655 Language Learning & Assessment for Children

MEETS ALTERNATE WEEKS, PARTIALLY ONLINE This course introduces ESOL and other content area teachers to the following topics concerning school-age learners: linguistic and cognitive development, instructional methods suitable for young learners; the difference between summative and formative assessment; and the principles of assessment-driven language curriculum and instruction, including backward design. Required for PreK-12 ELL Licensure and Endorsement programs.

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. Should be taken in the first or second semester. 

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 20 hours of classroom teaching. Should be taken in the student’s final semester.

GSL 690 - Thesis Research Seminar

This course helps students to develop research questions and methodology that are based on research topics of their choice in the field of Applied Linguistics. Students intending to write a thesis will work with their instructor and thesis advisor during the course to develop a research proposal and a schedule for writing the thesis in the next semester and will present their research ideas to the SMC community near the end of the semester.

Special Notice for all GSL Courses: Registration is by paper only in consultation with your advisor. Please download a Registration Form via Related Links or contact the MATESOL Office 802-654-2684.

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