Linguistics & Teaching English as a Second Language, BALAS (TESL)

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences Major in Linguistics & Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

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department faculty: Linguistics Faculty

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The Department of Linguistics offers undergraduate instruction of three types: courses in linguistics, English as an International Language, English as a Second Language, and in non-Western languages.

Linguistics courses focus on empirical and theoretical issues connected with how languages are structured, how they are used, and how they change through time. These courses are of interest to students in the Linguistics, CS + Linguistics, as well as Linguistics + TESL majors. These courses will also be of interest to students in other fields where the analysis of languages is important: anthropology, speech and hearing science, education, psychology, philosophy, computer science, foreign languages, and others.

English as an International Language courses are concerned with the teaching of English to speakers of other languages. These courses are of interest to not only Linguistics + TESL majors, but to students planning a career in language teaching.

English as a Second Language courses are for students whose first language is not English, to build up skills in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing English.

Non-Western Language courses build up skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing a specific language; familiarize students with literatures and cultures connected with the language; and examine linguistic issues peculiar to the language itself. These courses are of interest to students planning international careers, or simply desiring to broaden their perspective and learn about a different language and culture.  Languages offered by the department are: African Languages (Bamana, Lingala, Swahili, Wolof, and Zulu), Arabic, Hindi, Modern Greek, Persian, Sanskrit, Turkish.

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences Major in Linguistics & Teaching English as a Second Language

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.

Minimum required major and supporting course work:Minimum required course work equates to a total of 41 credit hours of Linguistics and TESL courses, including at least 8 hours of foreign languages. Please see your academic advisor. A Major Plan of Study Form must be completed and submitted to the LAS Student Academic Affairs Office before the end of the fifth semester (60-75 hours). Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level courses must be taken on this campus.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours. Students will complete 40 hours of upper-division coursework (these hours can be drawn from all elements of the degree).

LING Core Courses15
Intro to Language Science
Ling for Language Teachers
Language in Globalization
American Voices: Linguistic Diversity in the US
Elements of Syntax
Elements of Phonology
Elmnts Semantics & Pragmatics
TESL Core Courses15
Intro to TESL Methodology (AND)
Choose four (4) courses from the following list:
Engl Grammar for ESL Teachers
Second Lang Reading & Writing
Phonology for Second Language Teachers
Lang and Social Interaction I
Principles of Language Testing
Sociolinguistics I
Theoretical Foundations of SLA
Capstone Course
EIL 465TESL in the Community3
Foreign Language Requirement8
In addition the LAS foreign language language requirement, students must complete at least 8 hours in a second foreign language. One of the languages must be a non-Western language.
Total Hours41