Introduction to Language 1

Course Code: TESL 5002

Academic Year: 2017-2018

In this course, students will begin to understand how language teachers conceptualize, describe and understand language in general and English in particular. While the course is theoretical, attention is paid to how the theories apply to language teaching. Areas of study include sound systems and pronunciation (phonology), word structure (morphology), sentence structure (syntax) and meaning (semantics and vocabulary) along with the place and perceptions of language in society (sociolinguistics). These topics are studied through observation, analysis and experimentation with language; discussions; assigned readings; lectures; and independent study. Students will be responsible for bringing questions to class and for teaching elements of the course.