Language Development

Language Development Focus

The Language Development focus consists of the Core Courses + Electives + Thesis (12 credits) or Independent Study (6 credits)

Core Courses

  • AL603 Phonological Analysis [3 credits].

  • AL605 Grammatical Analysis [3 credits].

  • AL607 Semantics [3 credits].

  • AL608 Sociolinguistics [3 credits].

  • AL704 Field Methods in Linguistics [4 credits].

  • AL706 Linguistic Data Management [2 credits].


Prerequisites: Certificate Foundational Courses in Introduction to Linguistics, Phonetics, and Grammar, offered May - July through the Linguistics Department, before - Semester 1 begins.

Electives

AL 733 Language Development Methods (Prerequisite: Sociolinguistics)

AL 742 Language Survey (Prerequisite: Sociolinguistics)

AL 732 Principles of Literacy

AL 741 Anthropological Linguistics

AL 735 Seminar on Language Planning and Language Policy

AL 734 Orthography Development

AL 707 Language Research Design and Methods

AL 708 Ethno Arts Applied Linguistic Methods

AL 736 Literacy Program Planning and Materials (Prerequisite: Principles of Literacy)

AL 754 Selected Topics in Language Development


Electives

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.

AL607 Semantics [3 credits].

      • Study of the relationship between form and meaning.

AL608 Sociolinguistics [3 credits].

      • Study of the structure and use of language in its social and cultural contexts with focus on multilingual situations.

AL704 Field Methods in Linguistics [4 credits].

      • Prerequisite: AL603, AL605. Study of methods for the collection of linguistic data.

AL706 Linguistic Data Management [2 credits].

      • Prerequisite: AL603, AL605. Study of methods for managing and organizing linguistic data.



+Thesis (12 credits) or Independent Study (6 credits)

ELECTIVES focused 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

AL 735 Seminar on Language Planning and Language Policy

AL 734 Orthography Development

AL 707 Language Research Design and Methods

AL 708 Ethno Arts Applied Linguistic Methods

AL 736 Literacy Program Planning and Materials (Prerequisite: Principles of Literacy)

AL 754 Selected Topics in Language Development


A more detailed description of new courses:

AL707 LANGUAGE RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS (E-1)

3 (3-0-9) credits (Prerequisite: none) This course provides an introduction to research design and methods for students interested in Ethno Arts, Literacy, Anthropology, Scripture Engagement, 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 (E-1)

3 (3-0-9) credits (Prerequisite: 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 (E-2)

3 (3-0-9) credits (Prerequisite: 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.