Examines the nature of bilingual acquisition in childhood, specifically in contexts of minority language populations in the United States. Heritage languages can include immigrant languages, indigenous languages, and colonial languages. Topics covered will include first and second language acquisition, language maintenance, language socialization, and language policy.
The Second Language Studies Department regularly offers one or more graduate-level courses in the following areas:
- English phonetics and phonology
- English syntax
- L2 acquisition by children
- L2 phonetics and phonology
- L2 pragmatics and discourse analysis
- L2 processing and psycholinguistics
- L2 syntax and semantics
- L2 writing
- Language assessment
- Language typology
- Methods for L2 research
- Methods of teaching English to adults
- Models of second language acquisition
- Research in L2 pedagogical contexts
- Statistics for L2 research
We offer a TESOL Practicum for our M.A. TESOL and Applied Linguistics students, which is also open to other SLS Department students.
Every year we also offer a two-semester research seminar designed primarily for Ph.D. students in their third year. The year-long seminar is designed to include significant preparation for students’ dissertation research.
Courses on other topics of current interest to students and faculty are also offered.