Indiana University

The Department of Second Language Studies


Undergraduate Courses

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

P: For international students who have passed the IEPE (Indiana English Proficiency Exam). Helps international students become more successful in understanding U.S. university culture. Topics include academic honesty, classroom expectations, interacting with peers and professors, and student rights and responsibilities at the University. Requires a final research paper and group presentation in addition to regular homework.

S111 Multilingualism and Society (3 cr.)

Study of the many contexts in which individuals and communities regularly use two or more languages in the United States and around the world, with particular focus on different kinds of multilingualism, language change in multilingual contexts, and how multilingualism affects language use and identity.

S112 Multilingualism and the Brain (3 cr.)

Explores the problem of fitting several languages into one mind and how the brain adapts to managing several languages. Examines a range of general cognitive issues linked to multilingualism, such as the need to suppress one language in the performance of another, and their effects on the speaker.

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

Open only to international undergraduates. Introduction to major institutions in contemporary life in the United States seen through the lens of social and historical science.

SLST-S150 Voices of America and Voices of the World (3 cr.)

Studies the role of social factors in accent perception. Native and nonnative accents feed into social pecking orders, which cause listeners to evaluate speakers in various ways. This course addresses the nature of human accents in their cognitive and psychological dimensions: how social factors impact the learning of pronunciation, how accent affects social acceptance, and how interlocutors' reactions can be improved.

SLST-S204 Language and Intolerance (3 cr.)

This class joint listed with Anthropology L204. 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 genuine understanding of these differences can play in promoting tolerance and guiding responses to intolerance. Credit given for only one of ANTH-L 204 or SLST-S 204

SLST-S 213 Multilingualism Brain and Behavior Research Experience (3 cr.)

SLST-S 213 What is it like to have two languages in the same brain? This Discovery Experience provides students with training in language data analysis techniques addressing these questions and related topics in multilingualism. Students will extract, treat, and analyze data sets from existing corpora and from research developed at IU. It provides a general introduction to the scientific method for the study of language. Students will develop knowledge and skills transferrable to careers in the social, cognitive, and behavioral sciences through work with data management tools and software used in quantitative linguistic research.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

P or C: SLST-S 305. 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.

Undergraduate English Language Instructional Courses (ELIP)

SLST-T101: Academic Literacy Development Level 1 for Multilingual Students(2 cr.)

Taught as an 8-week course. For non-native speakers of English, who need to build fluency in both reading and writing for academic purposes. Attention to increasing reading speed, reading comprehension, writing fluency, understanding the writing process, and developing skills in narrative and descriptive writing. Includes fiction and non-fiction reading that introduces students to American college life and undergraduate literacy expectations. Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not accrue toward the total number required for a degree.

SLST-T111: Academic Literacy Development Level 2 for Multilingual Students(2 cr.)

P: SLST-T 101. Taught as an 8-week course. Develops skills in summarizing and evaluating perspectives from multiple sources; identifying textual features of a variety of genre; and increasing focus, support, and logical development in expository and research writing. Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not count toward the completion of a degree.

SLST-T121: Academic Literacy Development Level 3 for Multilingual Students (2 cr.)

P: SLST-T 111. Taught as an 8-week course. For non-native speakers of English, who already demonstrate fluency and clarity in their reading and writing skills, but need to develop useful editing strategies to increase accuracy in writing. Attention given to identifying textual features of a variety of genre in a range of academic disciplines. Introduces multiple style sheets. Includes disciplinary readings and research writing. Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not accrue toward the total number required for a degree.

SLST-T102: Academic Listening for Multilingual Students (2 cr.)

Taught as an 8-week course. For non-native speakers of English who need to develop listening and note-taking skills for academic purposes. Develops strategies to increase students' abilities to comprehend, predict, summarize and review. Students listen to academic lectures and engage in exercises that evaluate comprehension of content as well as utilization of strategies. Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not accrue toward the total number required for a degree.

SLST-T103: Pronunciation Improvement for Multilingual Students (2 cr.)

Taught as an 8-week course. Helps non-native speakers of English communicate effectively in academic settings. Focuses on creating individualized pronunciation curricula and recognizing and utilizing appropriate stress, rhythm and intonation patterns. Attention to understanding and applying the principles that govern pronunciation and stress patterns. Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not accrue toward the total number required for a degree.

SLST-T104: Speaking Fluency Development for Multilingual Students (2 cr.)

P: SLST-T 103. Taught as an 8-week course. Familiarizes non-native speakers of English with the basic components of fluency, including speech rate, pause times, and the quality and quantity of connected speech between pauses. Speech patterns of native speakers are analyzed to aid learners, who then engage in communicative exercises. Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not accrue toward the total number required for a degree.

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-P 155 Public Oral Communication (3 cr.)

Prepares students in the liberal arts to communicate effectively with public audiences. Emphasizes oral communication as practiced in public contexts: how to advance reasoned claims in public; how to adapt public oral presentations to particular audiences; how to listen to, interpret, and evaluate public discourse; and how to formulate a clear response. Credit given for only one of COLL-P 155, ENG-R 130, CMCL-C 121, or CMCL-C 130.

COLL-C 104 Critical Approaches to the Social and Historical Studies (3 cr.)

Specific topics will vary by section and over time, but all versions of COLL-C 104 will meet the objectives of the College of Arts and Sciences Critical Approaches curriculum. The curriculum is intended for freshmen and sophomores, who will learn how scholars from the social and historical studies Breadth of Inquiry area frame questions, propose answers, and assess the validity of competing approaches. Writing and related skills are stressed. Credit given for only one of COLL-C 104 or COLL-S 104.

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: L2 Pragmatics (3 cr.)

This class will explore issues of pragmatics from the perspective of second language acquisition. We will discuss a variety of issues including L2 pragmatic development, how L2 pragmatics can be tested, and how pragmatic development can be evaluated. We will also compare speech act approaches and conversational analytic approaches to the same speech acts (as well as data collection!). Students may choose from a range of final projects including investigations of L2 acquisition, instructional effects, or development of pedagogical materials. Students are welcome to continue pragmatics projects from previous courses in pragmatics (including but not limited to SLST-R539 and HISP S518, S612). All students with an interest in pragmatics, communicative competence, and language learning are encouraged to enroll. I will teach a “jump start” unit for students new to pragmatics; more experienced students will work on a parallel initial unit.

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). For International Students wishing to take SLST-T535 a TEPAIC score of C2 is required. See the TEPAIC site for more information.

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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