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Linguistics in Education

This course is an introduction to the study of language as it applies to educational settings. Participants will learn about the five basic lingistic structures: phonetics and phonology (sounds and sound patterning), morphology (form of words), syntax (arragement of words), semantics (meaning), and pragmatics (the use of language). Participants will examine language structure as it exists within the larger context of sociolinguistics, equity, and social justice. The course will investigate how studnets use their full linguistic repertoire in academic settings (translanguaging), how teachers and society at large perceive language varieties, and how teachers value linguistic diversity in classrooms. The course examines the role of the brain in language development (psycholinguistics), language universals, body language, and discourse analysis. In the second half of the course, TESOL candidates will compare the structure and language features of world Englishes to that of other languages most commonly spoken in schools. The focus of the course will be on the practical application of this knowledge to developing a broader ranger of instructional strategies to support students' language proficiency in school. Prerequisite: TESL 530