Language and Linguistics Courses

LL 5003 Language Acquisition - 3 graduate credits
This course will examine the nature of first and second language acquisition and development. Topics include first language acquisition, second language acquisition by children and adults, bilingualism, and their applications to language teaching. The course provides an overview of current theories of language acquisition.


LL 5004 Language & Linguistics - 3 graduate credits
Provides prospective language teachers with an introduction to the study of language. Principal topics include sociolinguistic theories, language variation, and pragmatics; and the classroom implications of phonology, morphology, semantics and syntax.


LL 5005 Foundations of TESOL Methodology - 3 graduate credits
Participants learn the foundations of communicative language teaching to non-native speakers in multicultural and homogenous classrooms. Topics include content-based instruction, teaching of the four skills, curriculum development, and lesson planning and execution. Participants acquire and practice the skills needed to teach language to students of all ages and abilities.


LL 5006 Language Evaluation and Assessment - 3 graduate credits
Participants in this course explore different approaches for creating, evaluating, and scoring both formal and informal language assessment measures for students of different ages and ability levels. Topics include authentic communicative assessment measures; portfolio assessment, standardized testing, test biases and testing different skills. This course foregrounds authentic and useful classroom language assessment measures.


LL 5007 ESOL Literacy - 3 graduate credits
Participants in this course examine the theories and practice of second language reading and writing acquisition. Topics include developing literate behaviors, decoding, guided reading, shared reading and writing, and the writing process. The focus of the course is to develop participants' proficiency in teaching reading and writing to students of different ages and ability levels through phonics, whole language, and integrated approaches.


LL 5008 Advanced Topics in Language Teaching Methodology - 3 graduate credits
Participants deepen and build upon their existing knowledge of language teaching methodology, with particular attention to content-area instruction, curriculum development, and the use of technology in language education. Course provides an in-depth examination and extensive hands-on application of different ways in which technology can be used in the language classroom to facilitate learning and promote language acquisition. Participants explore the use of a broad range of digital and interactive media, and Web 2.0 technology. Students will create content-area, technology-rich lessons which promote language acquisition for language learners of different ages and abilities.


LL 5009 Intercultural Communication in Multicultural Classrooms - 3 graduate credits
This course examines the importance of cultural perspectives in language education for non-native speakers. Emphasis is placed on understanding the role of acculturation on academic success, and programmatic alternatives and pedagogy for English language learners in a pluralistic society. The course explores the impact of cultural backgrounds of language-minority students and their families, and their adjustment to a new society, on language acquisition and academic achievement.


LL 5010 Grad Practicum in TESOL - 1-9 graduate credits
This practicum serves as field experience for ESOL certification candidates and for students taking a self-designed M.Ed. with a concentration in TESOL but without K-12 certification. A candidate seeking ESOL teacher certification must do the practicum in a New Hampshire public school; a candidate not seeking ESOL teacher certification can do the practicum in any approved setting. Commitment includes regular meetings with the course instructor and the development of a professional portfolio that fulfills all NH required teacher competencies. Supervision will be done jointly by the cooperating institution and Plymouth State University faculty. Permission of instructor is required.


LL 5050 Mainstream Classroom Strategies for English Language Learners - 3 graduate credits
This course is designed especially for mainstream teachers who want to know more about how to better meet the needs of English language learners (ELLs) in their classroom. It provides an in-depth examination of widely-used, evidence-based techniques for teaching non-native speakers of English within the mainstream classroom. In addition to an overview of current theories for teaching English language learners, the course foregrounds strategies and practical hands-on ways for engaging, teaching and assessing ELLs within the K-12 mainstream classroom. Participants gain a theoretical grounding as well as practice with scaffolding content for language learners, and developing individualized learner strategies. This course includes instruction in using CALLA, the Cognitive Academic Language Learning Approach, and SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol), with ELLs.


LL 5170 Foreign Language Methodology K-12 - 3 graduate credits
To introduce the student to the theories underlying current pedagogical approaches to foreign language instruction; to assist the student in collecting, creating and adapting instruction materials appropriate to elementary, middle and senior high school foreign language courses; to assist the student in preparing and implementing individual lesson plans, long-range planning, student assessment, text book evaluation and the use of technology; to prepare the student for a successful student teaching experience.


LL 5210 Language Education Teaching Practicum - 1-6 graduate credits
The culminating field-based experience for modern language programs leading to teacher certifications. Students must have completed early field-based experiences and all coursework for certification, including any required undergraduate competencies, before taking this course. It is a continuous, full-time (five days per week) experience during which, after a period of structured observation, students gradually assume responsibility for a full range of teaching activities encountered in a school situation, thereby demonstrating the appropriate professional skills and attitudes essential for successful teaching. Teacher candidates pursuing a practicum will maintain and improve upon the full range of teaching activities they practice every day. This course provides an opportunity for demonstrating the appropriate professional skills, attitudes, and dispositions essential for successful teaching. The teaching field experience is conducted under the supervisory guidance of school and clinical faculty. An online seminar compliments the experience. Certification candidates who are not pursuing the M.Ed. must have submitted passing scores on the Praxis I to the College of Graduate Studies office before enrolling. All candidates who will be required to take Praxis II for NH Certification must make arrangements for that testing independently.


LL 5500 Special Topics in Language & Linguistics - 1-3 graduate credits
An in-depth study of a particular topic, contemporary issue or concern related to languages and/or linguistics. The course will be taught by a specialist or specialists within the field being studied or as an alternative methodology. Since topics, issues and concerns vary, the course may be repeated.


LL 5910 Independent Study - 1-3 graduate credits
Advanced work in a specialized area, selected and pursued in consultation with a faculty advisor. Consent of a faculty supervisor, department chair or program coordinator, and the Associate Vice President is required.


LL 5960 Language Education Teaching Internship - 1-9 graduate credits
The culminating field-based experience for modern language programs leading to teacher certifications. Students must have completed early field-based experiences and all coursework for certification, including any required undergraduate competencies, before taking this course. It is a continuous, full-time (five days per week) experience during which, after a period of structured observation, students gradually assume responsibility for a full range of teaching activities encountered in a school situation, thereby demonstrating the appropriate professional skills and attitudes essential for successful teaching. Teacher candidates pursuing an internship will gradually assume responsibility for a full range of teaching activities encountered in a school situation. This course provides an opportunity for demonstrating the appropriate professional skills, attitudes, and dispositions essential for successful teaching. The teaching field experience is conducted under the supervisory guidance of school and clinical faculty. An online seminar compliments the experience. Certification candidates who are not pursuing the M.Ed. must have submitted passing scores on the Praxis I to the College of Graduate Studies office before enrolling. All candidates who will be required to take Praxis II for NH Certification must make arrangements for that testing independently.

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