COMM 5030: Linguistics
This course presents some of the various divisions in the field of linguistics from language origins and acquisition through the history of English. The study of dialect is also included. Through various readings, activities, writings and discussion, the participants will become more aware of language and more informed about its history, its character and its power. Students will also create instructional activities designed to make their students more aware and more proficient in the use of language.
Course Learning Outcomes
After completing COMM 5030 – Linguistics, students should be able to:
- Provide information on the history of language in general and of English in particular.
- Have an understanding of language acquisition.
- Have an understanding of how language is organic and continually changing.
- Be familiar with the basic linguistic terms, procedures, and area of study.
- Understand the concept of speech communities and the major dialects of modern American English.
- Be able to discuss the central issues surrounding the use of those dialects and of Standard English usage.
- Become observers and respecters of the languages of all peoples.
- Be aware of the uses and abuses of language and its relationship to bias and prejudice.
- Explain the uses of grammar and spelling instruction and its limitations.
- Develop a variety of language awareness activities.
Tongue Tied. Otto Santa Ana. Rowman & Littlefield.
The Power of Babel. John McWhorter. Perennial.
The Language War. Robin Tolmach Lakoff. University of California Press.
Meeting the Needs of Second Language Learners. Judith Lessow-Hurley. ASCD.