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Applied Linguistics TSL 6250 Syllabus Fall06

Applied Linguistics TSL 6250 Syllabus Fall06

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Florin Mihai321-433-7928fmihai@mail.ucf.edu
Contact Information Assistant Professor in TESOLDepartment of Modern Languages and LiteraturesCollege of Arts and HumanitiesUniversity of Central FloridaSouthern Region Campus1519 Clearlake RoadCocoa, FL 32922(321)433-7928Office HoursMonday 3.00-5.30 p.m.Required TextFromkin, V., Rodman, R., and Hyams, N. (2007).
 An introduction to language.
Thomson Wadsworth. Additional readings may be required throughout the semester to provide an additionalbasis for discussion and enhance our collective knowledge base.University Catalog Course Description Applying linguistics, psycholinguistics, and sociolinguistics to teaching English as asecond language with emphasis on pronunciation, intonation, structural analysis,morphophonemics, and decoding from print to sound.Purpose and RationaleLanguage educators need a well-grounded background in the area of language study inorder to meet the diverse and specialized needs of their students. This graduate courseis designed to provide you with the essential basis on which you can build future studiesof language learning and teaching. We will examine major areas of linguistics (e.g.,phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, and sociolinguistics) and focus on variousaspects of language structure and use. What does it mean to know a language? Howare young children able to produce an infinite number of sentences given a relativelylimited set of lexical items? What are the types of variation found in language? How dosecond language learners approach the complex task of L2 acquisition? These are onlysome of the questions that this course will help you answer. All the topics, however, willenrich your knowledge of language, and how it impacts language learning and teaching.Course ObjectivesIn accordance with the State of Florida ESOL Performance Standards and the FloridaEducator Accomplished Practices, students will:
Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of language and itssubsystems (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics,
Florin Mihai321-433-7928fmihai@mail.ucf.edu
pragmatics), and explain how these are affected when an individuallearns a new language (ESOL PS #10, #25; FEAP #8).2.Identify stages of first and second language and literacy acquisitionand analyze the influence of the native language upon subsequentlanguages (ESOL PS #5, #25; FEAP #1, #7).3.Identify theories of first and second language acquisition and determine their impact on ESOL students and the ESOL classroom (ESOL PS #5; FEAP #7).4.Develop an understanding of academic language and the integratedapproach to English language and literacy instruction (ESOL PS #8, #13;FEAP #8).5.Identify strategies and create activities that will enhance oral languagedevelopment and literacy skills of ESOL students, regardless of language or literacy background (ESOL PS #5, #8, #9, #11, #13; FEAP#1, #10).Class Requirements
Class Participation (10 points)
The grade for class participation will be based uponattendance, timely completion of assignments, and active participation in classdiscussions, group work and other activities.
Attendance is required. Points will belowered if more than one class period is missed. Two absences will result in afive-point deduction; three absences will result in a zero (0) for classparticipation.Homework Assignments (20 points)
– Homework assignments in the form of chapter exercises or other activities will be required during the semester. These will becompleted individually or with a partner. Grades assigned to homework assignmentswill be based on the degree to which they meet the required criteria and show carefulthought and reflection with respect to issues discussed in class and in the readings.
Language Analysis Project (30 points)
 – You will select a language other thanEnglish to examine and analyze on different levels. The purpose of this assignment isto have you apply your knowledge of the subsystems of language so that you can beginto describe another language for comparison with English. Your analysis should includea general description of the sound system, writing system and some grammatical rulesthat may be a source of language interference in English for students of this languagebackground. You can use a variety of resources, including language instructionmaterials, audiocassettes, videotapes, and Internet websites. Your project will begreatly enhanced if you interview native speakers of the language (at least one) andreport their impressions of major differences between their language and English. Theidea is to learn something
the language that will be useful for you to know in caseyou get an ELL from this language background in your class. A more detaileddescription of this project will be provided later in the semester.
Florin Mihai321-433-7928fmihai@mail.ucf.edu
Exams (2 @ 20 points each = 40 points)
– Two exams will be given during the term.They are to be considered as markers of your progress in the class. In this capacity,exams will serve to indicate any problems in the comprehension and/or application of material covered. As the term progresses, they will require application, analysis andsynthesis of material covered in all readings, class discussions, videos, homeworkassignments, and in-class activities and presentations.
Exams cannot be made up. If you know you will not be in class on a day that an exam will be given, be sure tonotify me as soon as possible.
GRADING SCALE A 100-93 B+ 89-87 C+ 79-77 D+69-67 A- 92-90 B 86-84 C 76-74D66-64B- 83-80C- 73-70D-63-60GRADING GUIDELINES:
A” work:outstanding
; including excellent coverage of content and flawless use of language/mechanics
“B” work: good
; solid coverage of content, language/mechanics in need of minor revision/ editing
; barely meets course expectations in coverage of content,language/mechanics in need of revision/editing
“D” work: poor 
; meets minimal course expectations in coverage of content,language/ mechanics in need of extensive revision/editing
“F” work: unacceptable
; does not meet course requirements or expectations incontent, incomprehensible or incoherent language/mechanics
“0” (zero):assignment was not turned in
University Policies
Disability Access
: The University of Central Florida is committed to providingreasonable accommodations for all persons with disabilities. This syllabus is availablein alternate formats upon request. Students with disabilities who need accommodationsin this course must contact the professor at the beginning of the semester to discussneeded accommodations. No accommodations will be provided until the student hasmet with the professor to request accommodations. Students who needaccommodations must be registered with Student Disability Services, Student ResourceCenter Room 132, phone (407) 823-2371, TTY/TDD only phone (407) 823-2116, beforerequesting accommodations from the professor.
Academic Integrity
: Plagiarism and Cheating of any kind on an examination, quiz, or assignment will result at least in an "F" for that assignment (and may, depending on the severityof the case, lead to an "F" for the entire course) and may be subject to appropriate referral to the3

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