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COM 6180 Cultural Communication (3)
Examines theory and literature of the ethnography of communication, with direct application in the description and analysis of language in its social context.

LIN 6145 Phonology (3)
A thorough study of sound systems and processes, with problem-solving experience in the analysis of English and other languages.

LIN 6150 Morphology (3)
A thorough study of word structures and processes, with problem-solving experience in the analysis of English and other languages.

LIN 6200 Second Language Acquisition (3)
Through an intensive study of the research literature, students will become familiar with recent findings on the acquisition of a second language, and with the research process.

LIN 6300 Historical Linguistics (3)
Historical Linguistics is concerned with both the description and explanation of language change. In this course, we will examine the nature and causes of language change and survey in some detail the phonological, morphological, syntactic, lexical and semantic changes in a variety of languages. We will also explore techniques used to reconstruct linguistic pre-history and briefly discuss interrelated research into language acquisition and linguistic universals.

LIN 6365 Methods of Foreign Language Teaching (3)
An overview of the theoretical paradigms of second language learning and teaching; definition and evaluation of communicative competence; strategies for teaching skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing; selection and development of instructional materials, including new technology.

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LIN 6430 Sociolinguistics (3)
Explores the effect of social structure (social class, age, gender, and ethnicity) on language variation.  Other topics examined include research methodology, language change, bilingualism, language attitudes, language policy, and the sociolinguistics of second language acquisition.

LIN 6410 Syntax (3)
Provides an intensive investigation into contemporary English sentence structures through the application of current syntactic theory. Basic rule-making and rule-testing are examined in English.

LIN 6601 History of the English Language (3)
Examines Anglo-Saxon, Middle and modern forms of English in historical development and individual language systems. Includes phonology, morphology, syntax and some of the relationships of each language stage to literary expression during its era.

LIN 6370 Intensive Grammar (3)
Provides an intensive review and in-depth study of traditional English grammar with attention to simple and complex phrase and clause structure pro-forms and discourse functions.


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TESL 6250 Testing and Curriculum Development (3)
Explores approaches to curriculum development, the assessment of ESL proficiency and the development of instructional materials.

TESL 6300 Technology in Language Teaching (3)
This course is designed to develop an understanding of how to effectively integrate technology such as audio, video, computer software, the Internet and email into the communicative language classroom.

TESL 6400 Teaching ESL Grammar (3)
This course has a two-fold purpose: to help MA-TESOL students develop a better conscious understanding of the grammar of the language they have chosen to teach, and to help them effectively present grammatical points to their own future students. After a discussion of the basic elements of word classes, phrases and sentences, the focus is on elements of English grammar that are especially difficult for non-native speakers, including tenses, negation, interrogatives and modals.

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TESL 6480 Teaching ESL Reading (3)
Introduces recent research on second language reading. Explores a number of approaches which enable second language students to develop these modes of language.

TESL 6500 Teaching Listening and Speaking (3)
Historical and current perspectives on the theory and practice of teaching listening and speaking. Includes pronunciation, communicative strategies, and cross-cultural aspects.

TESL 6581 Teaching ESL Writing (3)
Prerequisite: LIN 2100. Explanation and practice of a variety of approaches and strategies for teaching ESL writing.


TESL 6650 Professional Issues and Ethics (3)
Examines the characteristics of ethical leaders and the influence of core values on teaching. Attention is given to the issues involved in being an effective teacher/leader and colleague in a work environment that is often challenging and unpredictable. Students are invited to reflect on these issues in light of Christian faith and beliefs.

TESL 6900 Independent Study (1-5)
Registration Approval: Independent Study Agreement. Student works with a faculty member on a mutually agreed upon topic.

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TESL 6930 Language Learning Practicum (3)
A native speaker has several advantages as a language teacher, including complete fluency and an intuitive grasp of what "sounds right." On the other hand, the native speaker of English lacks the experience of having learned English as a second language. In the language learning practicum, students are members of an elementary class in a language they have never studied, responsible for all activities, homework and tests. In addition, they keep a journal and observe their learning experience. Students in the practicum meet several times with one another and the practicum supervisor for discussion and debriefing, and write a brief summary at the end of the quarter. International students may use this class as an elective in the program.

Additional Information:

Students who register for this course are responsible for finding, registering and paying for an introductory language class that they will take during the same quarter they are registered for the Language Learning Practicum.  This class must be at least 10 weeks long (or two 5-week courses) and be a language the student has never studied before. The language class must be academically rigorous (i.e., include homework and tests) and for credit.  The language course cannot be audited, nor can it be online.  Most students fulfill this requirement by registering for a course at a community college or language institute (i.e., ACE or Washington Academy of Languages.)  The per credit tuition for undergraduate language courses at SPU makes them a much more expensive option.


TESL 6931 Cultural Practicum (3)
This course offers international MA-TESOL students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with specific aspects of United States culture that support the development of their professional teaching competence. These aspects include: (a) exploration of difference in higher education between students' home culture and the United States, (b) discussion of various academic discourse styles and practices in higher eduation, and (c) practice of specific skills and strategies to support students' successful completion of the Phase I and Phase II component of the MA-TESOL program. Opportunities will be offered to reflect on these issues in light of Christian and/or other faith and beliefs. Non-international MA-TESOL students may use this class as an elective in the program.

TESL 6940 Teaching Practicum Phase I (3)
Registration Approval: Graduate Director. The purpose of Phase I is to 1) model teaching methods and techniques, so students can learn by observation, and 2) give the students a sense of the day-by-day progress of classes--something quite different from micro-teaching a single point. Phase I students observe ESL classes for two hours each day. In order to give maximum exposure to different levels and teaching spans, the two classes are in different subjects, at different levels, and taught by two different instructors. Students meet with host instructors and the practicum supervisor on a regular basis; these people make recommendations about students' readiness to proceed to Phase II.

TESL 6941 Teaching Practicum Phase II (3)
Registration Approval: Graduate Director. Students attend class two hours daily continuing with one of the Phase I teachers. In this phase, practicum students gain actual teaching experience. Students teach about 15 hours during the quarter at the host teacher's discretion. Some of these hours are done consecutively, so the student can get the feel of implementing long-term instructional plans. Phase II gives the student opportunities to teach and receive immediate feedback and reflection from the host teacher. Students are observed by the Practicum Coordinator about two to four hours for feedback. The decision as to whether the student is ready to leave Phase II or continue for one or more additional quarters is made by the MA-TESOL committee, guided by the recommendations of the practicum supervisor and the host instructor.

THEO 6070 Comparative Religion (3)
Offers students an introduction to the primary religions of the world, providing a basis from which to understand various worldviews in the context of their historical development and their contemporary setting. The particular focus of this overview will be to enable future ESL/EFL instructors to gain an understanding of the religious perspectives and ethical systems which have influenced their students. Windows to the world's major faith traditions will be opened through readings in the history of the tradition (including an introduction to the key figures of that tradition), reading from relevant scriptures, readings on current faith and practice, some use of video materials, lecture and discussion.

EDU 6975 Interpreting & Applying Educational Research I (3)
The first of a two-course sequence on research methods in education, emphasizing the concepts, procedures, and vocabulary of quantitative research.  Covers descriptive statistics, probability and the normal distribution, educational measurement, and research designs.  Prepares students to critically evaluate research articles and to develop an original research proposal.

EDU 6976 Interpreting & Applying Educational Research II (3)
Prerequisite: EDU 6975.  Teaches students to apply statistical concepts in a research setting and experience the excitement associated with research. Emphasizes understanding the use and interpretation of inferential statistics techniques.  Prepares students to become aware of the relationship between statistics and research methodology and develop skills to critically analyze research in the behavioral sciences.

TESL 6995 Thesis (1-6)
Provides structure for students to produce individual qualitative or quantitative research on an approved topic.  Research proposals include purpose, hypotheses, methodologies and analytical procedures.  Course requirements include a minimum of six conferences with a designated faculty member and a research manuscript written in accordance with program guidelines.  May be repeated for credit up to 12 credits.

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