Indiana University

The Department of Second Language Studies


English Language Improvement

SLST-T101: English Language Improvement (1-12 cr.)

Designed for the international student who needs instruction in English as a second language. The English Language Improvement Program provides part-time intermediate and advanced instruction for undergraduate and graduate students already admitted to Indiana University. Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not accrue toward the total number required for a degree. These are eight-week courses.

Undergraduate Courses

SLST-T125: U.S. Academic Culture (3 cr.)

For international students who have passed the IEPE (Indiana English Proficiency Exam). Introduction for international students to academic language and culture at universities within the United States with a focus on language and communication in use for interaction in the classroom setting and other learning environments. Engagement in academic, linguistic, and experiential discovery of the university as a cultural space with the goal of ensuring academic success.

SLST-T135: American Experience for International Students (3 cr.)

Addresses topics in American society that are absolutely required knowledge for future experts on the United States of America. Topics include American values, beliefs, and cultural assumptions; Government and politics; Racial and ethnic diversity; Business and economy; Education; Religion and religious heritage, Leisure time; and Family and close relationships. This course will prepare international students for advanced courses in a wide range of majors and allow them to claim credible areas of expertise on the US.

SLST-S204 Language and Intolerance (3 cr.)

This class joint listed with Anthropology L204.

This course explores the roles that perceptions of linguistic differences among groups and individuals play in intolerant behavior on the part of some segments of American society, and the corresponding roles that a genuine understanding of these differences can play in promoting tolerance and guiding responses to intolerance. The course explores American attitudes toward differences in dialect, with particular attention to African American Vernacular English. Other topics include American students’ responses to instructors with foreign accents, linguistic aspects of the immigrant experience, the proper functions of bilingual education, and the question of an official language for the United States.

SLST-S301: Introduction to Second Language Acquisition (3 cr.)

Introduces students to contemporary approaches to second language acquisition. Topics include models of second language acquisition, learner variables, the human capacity for language and its availability throughout the lifespan, developmental stages and effects of instruction. Students will examine samples of learner language and analyze them on their own terms. Prerequisite: At least two years of foreign/second language study (not necessarily at the college level).

SLST-S302: The Successful Language Learner (3 cr.)

Introduces students to the best practices for adult second language learners and to research on learner and learning variables underlying these practices. Prerequisite: At least two years of foreign/second language study (not necessarily at the college level).

SLST-S304: Language Revitalization (3 cr.)

Half of the 6,000 languages spoken today are endangered. This course explores why languages are at risk and investigates how minority and indigenous languages can be revitalized. Case studies highlight practical solutions currently being used in diverse communities. Students choose a particular endangered language as their focus of study. Prerequisite: At least two years of foreign/second language study.

SLST-S305: Teaching Second/Foreign Languages to Adults (3 cr.)

Examines impact of advances in psychology and sociology on the definition of best practices in adult second and foreign language instruction. Prerequisite: At least two years of foreign/second language study.

SLST-S306: Acquiring New Language Systems (3 cr.)

Examines the learning challenges associated with the acquisition of new languages in the domains of sound systems, word formation, sentence structure, and sentence interpretation. Prerequisite: At least two years of foreign/second language study.

SLST-S308: English Grammar and Second Language Acquisition (3 cr.)

Introduces students to a formal approach to major structures of English morphosyntax within generative grammar, stressing hypothesis formation and testing. Review of empirical research on the cognitive effects of implicit and explicit grammar instruction. Prerequisite: At least two years of foreign/second language study (not necessarily at the college level).

SLST-S312: New Sounds: Foreign Accents and Pronunciation in a Second Language (3 cr.)

Presents phonetic manifestations of foreign accent to describe what factors in a learner language might impact accent and intelligibility when speaking English. Introduces methods for teaching pronunciation to second language learners, and how to measure progress and develop strategies for specific pronunciation difficulties.

SLST-S319: Special Topics in Second Language Studies (3 cr.)

Topics dealing with cognitive, social, or educational dimensions of second language acquisition or multilingualism. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credit hours. Prerequisite: Two years of foreign/second language study.

SLST-T435 Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Practicum (3 cr.)

Provides ten hours of supervised teaching English as a second language to adult learners, including practice with developing a needs assessment, placement testing, syllabus and lesson design, and materials development. Students will also create a teaching portfolio. Lectures focus on principles and best practices related to language teaching. Prerequisite: previous or concurrent SLST-T305

Courses in Critical Approaches (CAPP)

These courses are taught through the College of Arts and Sciences, and to take one such course is a requirement for all bachelor's degrees in the College. Credit for these courses may also be counted toward the Undergraduate Minor in Second Language Studies.

COLL-C104: Language and (In)Tolerance in the US (3 cr.)

COLL-C104: Language Hotspots and Biodiversity (3 cr.)

Explores the links between cultural diversity and biodiversity in the context of the current global experience of mass extinction of both languages and species. Endangered languages often encode knowledge of plants, fungi, and animal species either partically or completely unknown to Western science. We examine biocultural diversity projects around the world that tie language revitalization in traditional, multilingual cultures to the conservation of ecosystems.

Graduate Courses

SLST-S511: Second Language Syntax (3 cr.)

Examination of form and acquisition of nonnative syntax. Consideration of whether nonnative grammars are "fundamentally different" than native grammars, role of the learner's native language, initial state of nonnative syntax, and subsequent development. Comparison of child native acquisition, and adult native acquisition.

SLST-S512: Second Language Phonology (3 cr.)

This course will introduce students to fundamental ideas and research necessary to understand the phonological systems of speakers of more than one language. The course will cover the basic types of phenomena which are the objects of second language phonological research, the formal models which form the basis of current research models, and the prevalent current models themselves.

SLST-S531: Child Second Language Development (3 cr.)

Examines issues in child second language (L2) acquisition, including the critical period hypothesis, universal grammar, and role of the first language (L1). Child L2 acquisition is contrasted with L1 acquisition, adult L2 acquisition, and simultaneous bilingual acquisition.

SLST-S532: Second Language Acquisition (3 cr.)

Introduces students to second language acquisition research. Critically examines major hypotheses about the ways in which second languages develop. Discussions will include a range of languages. Models include a variety of approaches: corpora-based, functionalist, generative, processing-based, socio-cultural, and universals of language.

SLST-S533: Second Language Acquisition Research Design (3 cr.)

P: S532, Models of Second Language Acquisition, or permission of the instructor. Examines a variety of research designs, elicitation tasks, and experimental formats in second language acquisition research appropriate to studies of production, processing, perception, structure, and pragmatics. Students will gain experience in designing and carrying out studies.

SLST-S536: Research in Second Language Pedagogical Contexts (3 cr.)

Surveys current issues and research areas in adult second language pedagogy. Considers social, cultural, political and linguistic aspects of language teaching and learning; emphasizes the substantive topics that are addressed; the range of institutional, national, and educational contexts of research; and the theoretical lenses that frame the research.

SLST-S600: Topics in Second Language Studies (3 cr.)

May vary with topic. Intensive study and analysis of selected issues and problems in Second Language Studies. Topics in this course are of particular interest to the second-language practitioner. May be taken more than once with different topics.

SLST-S604: Language Revitalization (3 cr.)

Half of the 6,000 languages spoken today are endangered. This course explores why languages are at risk and investigates how minority and indigenous languages can be revitalized. Case studies highlight practical solutions currently being used in diverse communities. Students choose a particular endangered language as their focus of study. Prerequisite: At least two years of foreign/second language study (not necessarily at the college level).

SLST-S605: Second Language Processing (3 cr.)

Investigates how second language users assign representations to utterances of the target language. Surveys research on the human sentence processing mechanism, its relation to acquisition of grammars, and processing issues as they impact L2 acquisition. Students will become familiar with theoretical issues, empirical studies, and various research methodologies.

SLST-S612: Second Language Laboratory Phonology (3 cr.)

This course will familiarize students with methods used in Laboratory Phonolgy research, and specifically in L2 research. Students will learn how to frame research questions, design experiments, and test predictions, and will become familiar with a variety of practical computing skills to successfully conduct laboratory phonology experiments.

SLST-S622: World Englishes (3 cr.)

Examines both standard and non-standard varieties of English in countries where English is spoken as a first language, as an official language, and as an influential foreign language. Selected studies of sociolinguistic variables, language change, code-switching, and universal grammar will inform discussion of such variation as found in Afro-American English, Indian English, British dialects, and English-based creoles.

SLST-S632: Current Research in Second-Language Acquisition (3 cr.)

P: S532. This course addresses issues in recent research in second-language acquisition. Examines selected cases illustrating the relation of second-language acquisition studies to linguistic theory. Emphasis on the collection and analysis of acquisition data.

SLST-S640: Discourse Analysis (3 cr.)

Surveys theories of discourse analysis including speech acts, conversational maxims, conversation analysis, ethno-methodology, text analysis, and critical discourse analysis. Applications of those theories to areas of special interest to applied linguistics including native speaker-nonnative speaking interaction, nonnative speaker conversation, classroom discourse, and analysis of language in professional settings.

SLST-S650: Design and Development of Language Assessment (3 cr.)

P: T550 or the equivalent. To provide students with advanced conceptual structures such as the assessment-use-argument (AUA) framework to guide design, development, and use of particular language assessment instruments. Development and design of assessment instruments will serve as demonstrations of students' control of course material and as preparation for on-the-job development of assessments.

SLST-S660: Contrastive Discourse (3 cr.)

P: S532 or consent of the instructor. Considers cross-cultural text organization from the native and nonnative reader's and writer's viewpoints. Various aspects of text are emphasized, including coherence and cohesion, and formal and cultural schemata in genres such as expository writing, letters, news articles, and narratives.

SLST-S670: Language Typology (3 cr.)

Introduction to linguistic typology, the study of how languages differ and how they are alike in terms of formal features. Focuses on a variety of syntactic and morphological features of languages including, lexical classes; word order, case and agreement systems; animacy, definiteness, and gender, valence-changing devices; verbal categories; and subordination.

SLST-S690: Independent Readings in Second Language Studies (1-4 cr.)

Directed readings in research topics for second language studies.

SLST-S700: Seminar in Applied Linguistics (3 cr.)

This seminar will deal with major issues in applied linguistics and second language studies research and theory. The specific title will be announced well in advance of each semester. Course may be retaken for up to 12 credit hours.

SLST-S711: Seminar in Second Language Acquisition (3 cr.)

Selected problems and issues in second language acquisition. Completion of SLS core or permission of the instructor is required.

SLST-S800: Dissertation Research in Second Language Studies (1-12 cr.)

Dissertation research. Arranged. Permission of instructor willing to supervise research is required.

SLST-T500: Topics in TESOL and Applied Linguistics (3 cr.)

Selected topics, issues, and problems in TESOL and Applied Linguistics. Topics in this course are of particular interest to the second-language practitioner. May be taken more than once with different topics.

SLST-T501: Academic English for International Graduate Students (2-3 cr.)

Designed to improve spoken or written skills for graduate school. Sections on academic writing (research papers, references, reviews, and critical syntheses) and academic speaking (presentations, discussions, and group work) address a range of academic writing and speaking styles. May be taken more than once if topic is different. Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not count toward the completion of a graduate degree.

SLST-T502: Communication Skills for International A.I.s (3 cr.)

This course will help students scoring C3 or NC4 on the TEPAIC. Improve classroom pronunciation and presentations skills. Learn to compensate in the classroom for accented speech. Learn vocabulary to lead a class. Practice teaching and receive feedback. Lead classroom discussions, questioning, responding and receive feedback. Learn about the academic and cultural background of undergraduates enrolled at Indiana University. (How are they different from undergrads in your country? What do they expect from you? What should you expect from them?) Receive individual tutorials for specific communication problems or be observed in your own classroom.

SLST-T505: Introduction to Teaching English for Academic Purposes (3 cr.)

This course aims to prepare Assistant Instructors in Second Language Studies to teach English for Academic Purposes. Topics include developing materials and lesson plans, classroom management, and methods for teaching second language vocabulary, listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, grammar, and pragmatics.

SLST-T510: Modern English Grammar (3 cr.)

An examination of the principal features of the grammar of English. The course draws upon traditional, structural, functional, and transformational accounts of the structure of English, with an emphasis on the pedagogical application of these accounts in the teaching of English as a second language.

SLST-T514: English Phonology for Language Learning and Teaching (3 cr.)

Introduction to phonology as it applies to the learning and teaching of second languages. Does not satisfy the phonology requirement for the Ph.D. in linguistics.

SLST-T522: Survey of Applied Linguistics (3 cr.)

Intensive readings on selected topics relevant to the acquisition of second languages, sociolinguistics, bilingualism, testing, and research directions. Readings will, for the most part, be current and subject to change as the course is offered.

SLST-T534: Methods of Teaching ESL/EFL to Adults (3 cr.)

Analyzes and critiques approaches and methods in teaching ESL/EFL to adults, including research and experimental perspectives on practice and theory. Surveys traditional and innovative approaches in language teaching, analyzes language classroom interaction, and sets language teaching in cultural and sociopolitical context. To be taken concurrently with T535 TESOL Practicum.

SLST-T535: TESOL Practicum (3 cr.)

Under supervision, students teach English as a second language to adult learners. The course also provides experience in testing, placement, and materials preparation. Classroom lectures focus on issues related to the art and profession of language teaching. To be taken concurrently with T534, Teaching of English as a Second Language (TESOL).

SLST-T538: L2 Reading and Writing (3 cr.)

P: S532 or consent of the instructor. Examines the relationship of second-language reading and writing development to second-language acquisition, composition theory, reading and writing research, and second-language teaching. Topics include theories of second-language composition, second-language writing processes, reading as input for writing, academic literacy development, learning environments, and individual differences.

SLST-T539: Pragmatics and Second-Language Learning (3 cr.)

This course familiarizes students with principles and issues in pragmatics and cross-cultural pragmatics. Students will learn appropriate data collection techniques and will collect primary data, learn to analyze spoken and written data, and discuss the application of pragmatics to language learning and teaching, cross-cultural research, and international communication.

SLST-T550: Language Testing (3 cr.)

Consideration of theory of assessing competence in second languages. Preparation and administration of various language testing instruments. Primary emphasis on English as a second language.

SLST-T556: Language Learning Technology (3 cr.)

Examines the theories of language learning underlying language learning technology. Examines current language learning technology for second and foreign language learning, teaching, testing, and research, and considers its demonstrable efficacy. Identifies and explores specific areas in need of further research and development.

SLST-T690: Advanced Readings in TESOL and Applied Linguistics (1-4 cr.)

SLST-T695: M.A. Thesis Research in TESOL and Applied Linguistics (1-4 cr.)

SLST-G901: Advanced Research (6 cr.)

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The learning of second and foreign languages is a rich and fascinating process involving linguistic, psychological, cultural, and social dimensions. The Indiana University Department of Second Language Studies is dedicated to teaching and research on the structure, acquisition, and use of nonnative language in both instructed and contact contexts.