COMM 5340: Teaching Language and Language Issues
This course presents some of the various divisions in the field of linguistics from phonology and grammar to doublespeak, including speech theory and oral performance. Films, readings, and oral presentations will be the academic foundations for the study of linguistics in this class. Students will also create instructional activities that are designed to make their students more aware and proficient in the use of language.
Course Learning Outcomes
After completing COMM 5340 – Teaching Language and Language Issues, students should be able to:
- Understand the ways in which world languages are classified and some of their universal and distinguishing features, thus gaining insight into the degree to which selected languages are similar to or different from English, the target language.
- Appreciate the bilingual person as well as the process of becoming bilingual through psycholinguistic and cultural analysis.
- Examine different viewpoints surrounding English language programs in the United States.
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Commins, N.L. & Miramontes, O.B. (2005) Linguistic Diversity and Language Teaching. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.