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English As a Second Language (ESL)
Course Descriptions

ESL 5003  Linguistics for Second Language and Bilingual Specialists
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Concepts in linguistics directed toward a broad understanding of human language, with particular attention to teaching in second-language and bilingual contexts.

ESL 5013  Foundations of Second Language Acquisition
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Study of principles, theories, and issues in second language acquisition and bilingualism, with implications for language teaching.

ESL 5033  Second Language Reading and Writing
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Current approaches to the teaching and learning of reading and writing in English as a Second Language. The relationship of second language reading and writing to language learning including oral development. A critical evaluation of existing literacy materials available for second language learners. Particular focus on second language learners with emergent and beginning levels of proficiency.

ESL 5043  Listening and Speaking in Second Language Programs
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Development, presentation, and evaluation of materials and strategies for teaching listening, speaking, and pronunciation to second language learners. Emphasizes current theories and development of oral proficiency.

ESL 5053  Approaches to Second Language Instruction
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Study of instructional strategies for teaching English as a Second/Foreign language to students from beginning to more advanced stages of English proficiency. Survey of approaches and methods used in the field with a particular focus on communicative language teaching. Critical evaluation of existing curricular materials. Emphasis on the planning and delivery of effective ESL/EFL lessons.

ESL 5063  Language and Content-Area Instruction
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Theoretical and practical approaches to the integration of language teaching with content-area instruction. Emphasis on research-based methods for developing oral language and literacy for academic purposes in school settings, and on the planning and delivery of effective sheltered content-area instruction.

ESL 5073  Computer Assisted Language Learning
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Basic computer skills and consent of instructor.
Overview of the rationale, value, and management of technology in the second language classroom; the creation of technology-enhanced lessons, effective use of Internet-based resources, and critical evaluation of language learning software applications.

ESL 5083  Pedagogical Grammar
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Study of English grammar from descriptive and discourse perspectives, with consideration of cross-linguistic contrasts and of applications for teaching English as a Second Language.

ESL 6013  Second Language Acquisition Research
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: 15 semester credit hours completed in degree program including ESL 5013, or consent of instructor.
Investigation of second language acquisition from multiple perspectives through data-based studies.

ESL 6033  Topics in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Topics may include English for Special Purposes, second language acquisition and discourse analysis, intercultural pragmatics, interactional approaches to second language acquisition, and second language learning in adulthood. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ESL 6043  Family and Adult Literacy in Language Minority Communities
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Theoretical and practical aspects of family and adult literacy development in language minority communities. Topics may include relationships between oral and written language; second language literacy, and relationships between literacy and social, economic, and political factors. Implications for program development and implementation.

ESL 6053  Program and Syllabus Design
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Theoretical and practical concerns in developing instructional programs to meet the objectives of second language learners, including English for Specific Purposes.

ESL 6063  Advanced Second Language Literacy
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Current approaches and theories of second language literacy, with a focus on the integration of reading and writing. Review of research on second language reading and second language writing. Theory-based practice in literacy development in a second language. Particular focus on second language learners with advanced levels of proficiency.

ESL 6941-3  Internship in English as a Second Language
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: 12 semester credit hours of coursework in ESL and recommendation by advisor.
Supervised experience in teaching English as a Second Language. Required for students with little to no teaching experience in ESL. Taken on a credit/no-credit basis, and no more than 3 hours will apply to a Master’s degree.

ESL 6951-3  Independent Study
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission in writing (form available) of the instructor and the department’s Graduate Advisor of Record.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. For students needing specialized work not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit, but no more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to the Master’s degree.

ESL 6973  Special Problems
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Problems courses may be repeated for credit when topics vary, but no more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to the Master’s degree.

ESL 6983  Master’s Thesis
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Permission of the Graduate Advisor of Record and thesis director.
Thesis research and preparation. May be repeated for credit, but no more than 6 hours will apply to the Master’s degree. Credit will be awarded upon completion of the thesis. Enrollment is required each term in which the thesis is in progress.

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