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Master of Arts in Linguistics with a focus on Language Development


help language communities discover their amazing God given value and worth

equip people to use resources in their own language and culture

encourage the use of their own language and art forms for learning and education, language and culture preservation, and all domains where language is a key to transformation

LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT SAMPLE 3 YEAR COURSE PLAN FOR THE INDEPENDENT STUDY (IS)

Semester 1: August – December

  • AL608 Sociolinguistics (Required core course)

  • AL605 Grammar (Required core course)

  • AL603 Phonology (Required core course)

Semester 2: January – May

  • AL741 Anthropological Linguistics (Required course for MSEA and Elective course #1)

  • Research Methods Course (Research Methods course requirement)

  • Elective course #2 (see some possible electives below)

Summer Semester: July

  • AL732 Principles of Literacy (Elective course #3)

Semester 3: August – December

  • AL708 Ethno Arts Applied Linguistics Methods (Elective course #4)

  • AL736 Literacy Program Planning and Materials Development (Elective course #5 )

  • Elective course #6

Semester 4: January – May

  • Elective course #7 (Final course requirement)

  • Defend the Independent Study Proposal

  • Pass Ethics Review for Research

Semester 5: August – December

  • IS Field Research

  • Analyze Data

  • Al 904 IS Oral Comprehensive Exam

Semester 6: January – May

  • Defend IS Project


ELECTIVE COURSES THAT FOCUS ON LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT:

  • AL 733 Language Development Methods (Prerequisite: Sociolinguistics)

  • AL 742 Language Survey (Prerequisite: Sociolinguistics)

  • AL 732 Principles of Literacy

  • AL 741 Anthropological Linguistics

  • AL735 Seminar on Language Planning and Language Policy

  • AL 734 Orthography Development (NEW)

  • AL 707 Language Research Design and Methods (NEW)

  • AL 708 Ethno Arts Applied Linguistic Methods (NEW)

  • AL 736 Literacy Program Planning and Materials (NEW)

  • AL 754 Selected Topics in Language Development (NEW)

NOTE: All of these courses may not be offered over a 2-year timespan at Payap University. However, there are many more wonderful elective courses to take in addition to these courses pertaining to Translation and Language Description.


COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

  • AL 754 Selected Topics in Language Development (NEW)

  • AL608 Sociolinguistics [3 credits] Study of the structure and use of language in its social and cultural contexts with focus on multilingual situations.

  • AL603 Phonological Analysis [3 credits] Study of the principles and methods of the analysis of linguistic sound systems.

  • AL605 Grammatical Analysis [3 credits] Study of the principles and methods of the analysis of grammatical structures.

And one Required Methods Course such as:

      • AL707 Language Research Design and Methods [3 credits]

      • AL 708 Ethno Arts Applied Linguistic Methods [3 credits]


DETAILED DESCRIPTION of SELECT NEW LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT COURSES:

      • AL707 Language Research Design and Methods
        3 (3-0-9) credits (Pre: none) This course provides an introduction to research design and methods for students interested in SE, EthnoArts, Literacy, Anthropology, or Sociolinguistic research. Course topics include developing research questions, defining variables, using basic statistical concepts, and collecting, coding, and analyzing data. Both qualitative and quantitative based research methods and designs will both be discussed and contextualized as a function of research questions. There will be hands-on practice in research design and interpretation of research results.

      • AL708 Ethno Arts Applied Linguistic Methods
        3 (3-0-9) credits (Pre: none) This course offers training in Ethnomusicology and EthnoArts from both academic and applied perspectives. The course increases participants’ awareness of local Music and Art communication functions within ethnolinguistic communities, offers tools for beginning steps in ethnographic research techniques related to the EthnoArts, and offers guidance in specific ways that Music and Arts can be applied appropriately within various cultural contexts. The course includes input sessions, microteaching, individual study, and practical application to student’s individual contexts

      • AL736 Literacy Program Planning and Materials Development
        3 (3-0-9) credits (Pre: AL 732) This course will focus on applying principles of literacy, sociolinguistic research, language development methodologies and educational theories for relevant program planning and material production needed for a minority language literacy or MLE program. Students will plan activities, prepare example materials, and develop teaching techniques for involving the local language community. By the end of the course, students will also be able to explain the value and benefits of literacy and education in the home language and how it provides for connections to other information and resources.