2019-2020 Catalog

ESL 421 Linguistics and Language Acquisition

This course is an introduction to the principles and uses of linguistics as they pertain to the teaching of English Language Learners (ELL) and the process of second language acquisition. Candidates investigate theories of language learning, evaluate language acquisition theories, and review the major factors that affect second language learning. Candidates examine ELL teaching methods and create their own theories about language learning and teaching. The focus is the nature of human language, grammatical aspects of language, psychology of language, and language in society. Candidates examine the theoretical principles, analyze their applicability, and determine how to use them effectively when teaching ELL classes.