Department of Languages and Literature

Courses in Linguistics (M.A.)

The following graduate courses in Linguistics are available for either the TESOL concentration or the Literary Studies concentration or both. For the most updated information about course offerings, please consult the University course catalog and BenULive course schedule at the Office of the Registrar website, or contact the Department.

DictionaryLING 501 | Introduction to Linguistics

Addresses research in linguistics as it relates to educational theory and practice, specific to teaching and learning of English as a second language.  Topics include phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and discourse analysis, as well as an introduction to the history of linguistics, and psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic approaches. 3 credit hours plus 1 credit hour lab (LING 511).


LING 502 | Second Language Acquisition

Provides an introduction to second language learning and acquisition theories that can be applied in various language learning contexts, including ESL, EFL, and bilingualism. Explores the relationship between language development and the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of children, and issues in second language learning in adults. 3 credit hours plus 1 credit hour lab (LING 512).


LING 503 | Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL

Provides an overview of the historical development of language learning materials and methodology. Explores a range of current methods and materials which can facilitate second language learning for general or specific purposes, at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels, and in different contexts. 3 credit hours plus 1 credit hour lab (LING 513).


LING 504 | Assessment of ESL and Bilingual Students

Provides a general background in language and academic content assessment issues, opportunities to examine assessment instruments, and practical experience developing and using formal and informal assessment measures. Students critically select and analyze evaluation tools and techniques for measuring ESL students' performance in academic settings. Addresses the relationship between TESOL and state-mandated standards and methods for assessing English Language Learners (ELLs). 3 credit hours plus 1 credit hour lab (LING 514).


LING 505 | Sociocultural Studies in ESL

Considers the impact of social, cultural, and political factors on second language learning and teaching in linguistically diverse communities. Examines ways in which the political and social context support language differences and affect literacy practices. Examines how factors such as ethnicity, gender, and social class affect language and literacy learning. 4 credit hours.


LING 506 | World Englishes

Examines the uses of English in a variety of global and local contexts (colonialism and its legacy, English-medium education around the world, business, science, popular culture, and social media). Addresses research that problematizes the notions of "native speaker" and "mother tongue" and explores their changing meaning in an increasingly globalized world. 3 credit hours plus 1 credit hour lab (LING 516).


LING 507 | Modern English

Provides a systematic and rigorous survey of the structure and functions of contemporary English language. The course examines how English grammar (including vocabulary) is used in different registers of contemporary speech and writing including conversation, fiction, news reporting and academic writing. The course covers systematic principles and rules whereby words and sentences are organized into coherent, meaningful language, and common usage "errors" that arise when those principles or rules are violated. 3 credit hours plus 1 credit hour lab (LING 517).


LING 508 | Style

Examines why some textual artifacts are valued over others, why some texts are perceived as more effective than others and how writers and speakers achieve particular rhetorical effects on their audiences. The course explores these questions through the lenses of a number of related sociolinguistic approaches including genre theory, semiotics, and pragmatics. Students investigate how the words we choose to use, and the way we put them together in sentences and larger units of text combine to produce stylistic effects. Tools of stylistic analysis such as corpus analysis and systemic functional analysis will be introduced and used in the course. 3 credit hours plus 1 credit hour lab (LING 518).


LING 509 | Literatures and Issues in Translation

Examines primary texts in both translated and native versions, and provides theoretical readings in translation, global studies, and social contexts. 3 credit hours plus 1 credit hour lab (LING 519).


LING 520 | Research Methods

Introduces and provides practice in a range of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies applicable to TESOL. Approaches will include case study, ethnography, action research, discourse analysis, corpus-based research, as well as experimental and quasi-experimental, and mixed method research design. Students will be introduced to some basic methods of statistical analysis. 4 credit hours.


LING 521 | TESOL and the Adult Learner

Considers the impact of biological, psychological, and socio-cultural factors on second language learning in adults. Addresses research on adult TESOL contexts in the US and abroad. Provides an overview of current teaching materials and methods for working with adult ESL learners. 4 credit hours.


LING 522 | Issues in Second Language Writing

Provides an introduction to a dynamic and growing field of second language writing research. Addresses issues such as the teaching of writing to ESL students and using students' writing to assess their mastery of course material. Explores cultural differences in how "good writing" is defined, which often cause problems for language-minority, immigrant, and international students in English-speaking educational settings. 4 credit hours.


LING 523 | English for Specific Purposes

Explores the different purposes to which the teaching of English may be put. Topics include the teaching of English for vocational, professional, or academic purposes, needs analysis, and the development of curricula and materials for specific purposes. The course also considers how to address the needs of different stakeholders in designing and delivering courses. 4 credit hours.


LING 530 | Research Methods: Context Studies

Introduces and provides practice in a range of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies applicable to Linguistics/Context Studies. Students will be introduced to some basic methods of statistical analysis. 4 credit hours.


LING 535 | Critical Theory/Global Literary Theory

3 credit hrs plus 1 hr lab.


LING 537 | Advanced Literary Studies in a Language Other than English

3 credit hrs plus 1 hr lab.


LING 598 | Thesis Continuation

0 credit hours. Registration fee.


LING 599 | MA Thesis

One-on-one work with a faculty supervisor, with the production of the Master's Thesis as outcome. 4 credit hours. Not repeatable for credit.


Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied.

– Noam Chomsky