Min

Applied Linguistics

About

All humans use language, in one form or another. As the scientific study of human language, linguistics is almost universally relevant.

Linguistics is the scientific study of the nature and characteristics of human language. Linguists analyze language structure through the study of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. The Applied Linguistics Minor engages students in the exploration and analysis of the complexities of language structure, acquisition, variation, and interaction as a basis for all human learning and communication. Students who complete this minor come to understand the properties common to all human languages, social and cultural dimensions of language, the differences between first and second language acquisition, and the specifics of English grammar.

Students interested in Applied Linguistics should also learn about our other English Language Programs.

Curriculum

Minor Requirements

The Linguistics Minor consists of five courses:
AL 101-Introduction to Language and Linguistics
AL 103-Structure of the English Language
AL 220- Languages of the World
AL 250-Intercultural Communication
AL 310-Methodology of Second/Foreign Language Teaching OR AL 410: TEFL/TESOL Practicum

Course Offerings

AL 101 – Introduction to Language and Linguistics:  This course provides an introduction to the nature and structure of human language, as well as the basic methods of its scientific study. The course is framed in terms of four guiding questions: what are the components of the language system; how do we acquire this system; how is this system used in society; and how is this system represented in the brain. Credits: 4

LSC/Core: Social and Institutional Dimensions of Human Behavior/ History & Society

Notes: Optional Applied Language Component


AL 103 – Structure of the English Language: This course will give students the tools for talking about English grammar – the grammar they may already know and use. Once they become familiar with these tools or “metalanguage,” they will use them to explore how different grammatical choices are used strategically to make meaning, and how these choices can improve writing and speaking performance for both native and non-native speakers. Credits: 4


AL 220 – Languages of the World: This course introduces the linguistic, sociopolitical, and economic effects of language contact over time. The Indo-European family illustrates typological principles which students then apply to other languages and their status on the world’s stage, focusing on the role of languages in globalization and the impact of globalization on language evolution. Credits: 4

LSC/Core: Global Issues that Impact the Common Good/ NA

Notes: Optional Applied Language Component, 2 credits


AL 250 – Intercultural Communication: This course explores the challenges of becoming interculturally competent in a global world. The course examines the relationship between communication and culture, applies theoretical concepts to the analysis of cultural patterns and communication phenomena, and examines how different cultural perceptions and symbol systems can alter the communication event in a variety of contexts. The course includes a critique of the intercultural communication experience through a case study analysis. Credits: 4

LSC/Core: Global Issues that Impact the Common Good/ Engaging Diverse Identities


AL 310 – Methodology of Second/Foreign Language Teaching: This course covers principles and methods of second and foreign language learning and teaching. A practical experience component includes classroom observations, peer micro-teaching, and opportunities to instruct small groups of ESL or FL students. This course is useful for foreign language majors, language education majors, and students interested in teaching ESL/EFL. Credits: 4


AL 410 – TEFL/TESOL Practicum: The TEFL/TESOL Practicum is an intensive, four-week professional training program (120 hours) leading to a professional certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). It covers all essential aspects of English language teaching from a practical classroom perspective. It offers concrete experience with methods and techniques, reflecting current communicative principles of language teaching and learning. This program is ideal for new entrants to the field, as well as for working teachers who wish to gain a professional qualification or to update their methodology. Although this is an undergraduate course, students who opt to complete an extended capstone project may also earn six credits of advanced standing toward the SMC MATESOL program, subject to all other eligibility requirements.  Credits: 4

When Offered: Summer

In Depth

As an Applied Linguistics minor, you’ll come to understand what human languages have in common, their relationships with and influences on societies and cultures, and a deep understanding of grammar and its meaning.

Applied Linguistics minors will cover subjects such as phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics, first and second language acquisition, and representation in the mind. Courses include:

  • Introduction to Language and Lingustics
  • Structure of the English Language
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Languages of the World
  • Seminar in TESL/TEFL Methodology

Special Opportunities

Our Applied Linguistics minor enhances the academic experience of any student, especially those studying modern languages, English, education, and journalism, or those who are thinking about a career in teaching or writing.

If you want to pursue an advanced degree in the language or linguistics field, Saint Michael’s offers a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language. You can choose from six programs taught here: Master of Arts in TESOL, Peace Corps Master’s International Program, Master of Arts in TESOL with ESL Licensure, Master of Arts in TESOL with ESL Endorsement, Additional ESL Endorsement, or Graduate Certificate in TESOL.

Careers

Applied Lingustics majors will necessarily achieve a deep understanding and facility with language. That understanding is invaluable in almost any career and directly applicable to important skill sets like communication and critical thinking.

Graduates go on to succeed in careers like teaching, writing, journalism, theatre, or Law, among others.

In Depth

As an Applied Linguistics minor, you’ll come to understand what human languages have in common, their relationships with and influences on societies and cultures, and a deep understanding of grammar and its meaning.

Applied Linguistics minors will cover subjects such as phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics, first and second language acquisition, and representation in the mind. Courses include:

  • Introduction to Language and Lingustics
  • Structure of the English Language
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Languages of the World
  • Seminar in TESL/TEFL Methodology

Special Opportunities

Our Applied Linguistics minor enhances the academic experience of any student, especially those studying modern languages, English, education, and journalism, or those who are thinking about a career in teaching or writing.

If you want to pursue an advanced degree in the language or linguistics field, Saint Michael’s offers a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language. You can choose from six programs taught here: Master of Arts in TESOL, Peace Corps Master’s International Program, Master of Arts in TESOL with ESL Licensure, Master of Arts in TESOL with ESL Endorsement, Additional ESL Endorsement, or Graduate Certificate in TESOL.

Careers

Applied Lingustics majors will necessarily achieve a deep understanding and facility with language. That understanding is invaluable in almost any career and directly applicable to important skill sets like communication and critical thinking.

Graduates go on to succeed in careers like teaching, writing, journalism, theatre, or Law, among others.