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Courses in Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second and Foreign Language at the University of South Florida


Our core Linguistics and TESL / ESOL courses here in the College of Arts & Sciences are described below. (Elective courses will be added in the future.) Some general information about our courses may help you in your planning.

Our core classes are held in the evening hours. We do this for the convenience of our students, since many folks work while in school. Core courses generally meet for a three-hour period once each week. Class size is generally about 15 students per class or smaller. The relatively low student-to-faculty ratio promotes positive learning experiences. Learning is also fostered by the interactive teaching style we like to use.

To see which courses are required in a particular program of study, read the pages for that program. The hyperlinks in the left column will let you explore the different programs we provide.



Contents of this page:

  1. Course descriptions and usual schedule
  2. Note on course timing/sequencing and advising



Course Descriptions and Usual Schedule

Usually Offered in Fall

Courses Without Prerequisites

LIN 6081 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Linguistics
no pre-requisite
An introduction to the aims and methodologies of linguistics as a graduate discipline: the field of linguistics, its subdisciplines, and its relationship to adjacent arts and sciences; bibliographical resources; methods of research and research writing; and a brief survey of the historical development of linguistics and current issues in the field. This course is required of all M.A. candidates in the first semester of enrollment, or as early as possible.
Students: Read important note below on course timing/sequencing and advising.

LIN 5700 Applied Linguistics
no pre-requisite
Analysis of the phonological, morphophonological, and syntactic features of English as a basis for linguistic application to problems of English language acquisition by non-native speakers. This course is required of all M.A. candidates in the first semester of enrollment, or as early as possible.

TSL 5371 Methods of TESL
no pre-requisite
Analysis of the methods of teaching English pronunciation, structure, reading, and writing with attention to L2 culture and pragmatics; also includes a brief introduction to SLA theory.
This course is required of all M.A. candidates in the first semester of enrollment, or as early as possible.

Usually Offered in Fall

Courses With Prerequisites

SL 5440 Language Testing
pre- or co-requisite: TSL 5372
Course on the theory and practice of second language testing for achievement, proficiency, placement, and diagnostic purposes.

TSL 6945 TESL Internship
pre-requisite: TSL 5372
Supervised teaching of English as a second language to non-native speakers at appropriate levels and settings.
Note: Non-native speakers of English must meet TOEFL criteria before interning.
For a USF-based internship, you must be able to commit to the entire semester.



Usually Offered in Spring

Courses Without Prerequisites

LIN 6675 Grammatical Structure of American English
no pre-requisite
Analysis and description of major morphological and syntactic structures of American English, with emphasis upon applied linguistics.
Note: Successful completion of this course is required before taking the Tools Exam.

TSL 5525 Cross-Cultural Issues in ESL
no pre-requisite
Exploration of issues related to culture and cultures, strategies for teaching and testing cultural knowledge and skills, and development of cross-cultural awareness.

Usually Offered in Spring

Courses with Prerequisites

TSL 5372 ESL Curriculum & Instruction
prerequisite: TSL 5371
Analysis of the methods of creating, modifying, sequencing, and assessing second/foreign language instructional programs.
Note: Successful completion of this course is required before being allowed to intern. Other requirements exist: check the Handbook for details.

LIN 6720 Second Language Acquisition
pre-requisite: TSL 5371
Neurolinguistic, psycholinguistic, and sociolinguistic bases of second language acquisition by both children and adults.
This is a keystone course, bly recommended for final or penultimate semester of study.

TSL 6945 TESL Internship
pre-requisite: TSL 5372
Supervised teaching of English as a second language to non-native speakers at appropriate levels and settings.
Note: Non-native speakers of English must meet TOEFL criteria before interning. Read the Handbook for more information.
For a USF-based internship, you must be able to commit to the entire semester.

Electives

May include:


• Sociolinguistics
• Writing process in SLA
• Individual Differences in SLA
• English for Academic Purposes/English for Specific Purposes.
• Task-Based Language Teaching
• Pragmatics for Language Teaching
• Bilingualism/Multilingualism
• Corpus Linguistics
• Internet Language
• Sound System of English
• Quantitative Research in Applied Linguistics



Course Timing / Sequencing Requirements

LIN 6081 (Introduction to Graduate Study in Linguistics) must be taken during the student's first term of enrollment as a graduate student, or during the first term it is available, if not offered during the first term the student is enrolled. Students must enroll in LIN 5700 the first term it is available to them. Drops are not permitted from either LIN 5700 or from LIN 6081, except under extenuating circumstances where the student is forced to withdraw from all work attempted in the term. In such a case, the student must contact the program advisor or director and inform him/her of the decision to withdraw. Candidates are advised to investigate the University deadline for withdrawing from a course without academic penalty.

Advising

Academic advising and scheduling will be done in coordination with the candidate's advisor.

It is the candidate's responsibility, while in residence, to meet with his/her advisor regularly, but at least once each semester during the regular registration period to schedule his/her courses for the following semester.

Each student is reminded of University Policy Statement 415:

"Although the University provides advising services to assist students with academic planning, the responsibility for seeing that all requirements are met rests with the student."


Please see the following link for additional enrollment requirements from the office of graduate studies: http://www.grad.usf.edu/policies_Sect7_full.php#enroll