Linguistics

The English Department offers both undergraduate and graduate courses in linguistics and TESOL. The undergraduate offerings provide students with basic knowledge of language study and analysis and expose students to the fundamental issues in language education and learning, including teaching English as a second language to non-native and immigrant students.

English as a Second Language   |TOP|
ESL courses are intended to help students whose first language is not English to improve or sharpen their academic skills in order to meet the rigorous demands of their college study. These classes are open to students who have been admitted to the university's academic programs but are deemed as needing further instruction in English either by their program advisors or because of a lower than required TOEFL score. Admissions counselors may also recommend ESL study when students are initially admitted to Grand Valley

All ESL courses are taught by faculty of the Department of English. As needs increase, there will be more ESL support available to students. Current courses include:

ESL 094 English as a Second Language (ESL): Skills I
ESL 095  English as a Second Language (ESL): Speaking and Listening Skills
ESL 098  English as a Second Language (ESL): Composition

Linguistics and Language   |TOP|
Linguistics courses are grouped into Linguistics and Language, one of the eight topical categories from which English majors can choose, depending on their emphasis area and interests. Courses in this category focus on major topics in linguistics: language structure, language history, language and pedagogy, and language in social context, while introducing fundamental principles in linguistic theory and research. Courses include:

ENG 261 The Study of Modern English
ENG 362 History of the English Language
ENG 363 Applied Linguistics
ENG 364 Sociolinguistics
ENG 365 Teaching English as a Second Language
ENG 366 English Grammar and Usage
ENG 390 Topics in Language and Rhetoric (Special Topics)
ENG 461 Language and Gender
ENG 465 Teaching Second Language Reading and Writing
ENG 467 Language Disorders and English Literacy
ENG 469 ESL Practicum Seminar

Applied Linguistics Minor   |TOP|
The Applied Linguistics minor is designed to provide systematic study of language and applied issues in language teaching, language learning, and language use. The minor is an excellent disciplinary complement to such fields as African/African American Studies, Anthropology, Classics, Communications, Computing and Information Systems, English, Education, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Psychology, and Writing. The minor requires a minimum of 21 hours: 9 hours in the foundation and 12 hours in electives. Three electives must be taken from English electives and one elective must be taken from Cross-departmental electives.

Requirements for a Minor in Applied Linguistics
Credits: 21

Foundation Courses (required) (9 hours) 
ENG 261 Study of Modern English (prerequisite for all other ENG courses)
ENG 363 Applied Linguistics
ENG 364 Sociolinguistics

Electives (12 hours) 
The minor requires four electives. Three electives must be chosen from the English electives. The fourth elective must be chosen from the Cross-departmental electives, or be an elective approved by an English linguistics advisor.

English electives (9 hours) 
ENG 362 History of the English Language
ENG 365 Teaching English as a Second Language
ENG 366 English Grammar and Usage
ENG 390 Special Topics in Language and Rhetoric
ENG 392 Language and Power
ENG 461 Language and Gender
ENG 465 Teaching Second Language Reading and Writing
ENG 467 Language Disorders and English Literacy
ENG 469 ESL Practicum Seminar

Cross-departmental electives (3 hours) 
AAA 350 African American Identity and Communication
ANT 207 Language and Culture
CLA 410 Literary Translation: Theory and Practice
CS 343 Structure of Programming Languages
CS 365 Artificial Intelligence
CS 461 Compiler Design and Construction
FRE 305 French Phonetics
FRE 355 Introduction to French Linguistics
GER 321 German Phonetics
GER 322 Intro. to German Linguistics
GER 421 History of the German Language
HNR 313 Language in the Cognitive Sciences
PHI 203 Intermediate Logic
PHI 470 Philosophy of Language
PSY 305 Infant and Early Childhood Development
PSY 357 Psychology of Language
SPA 308 Spanish Phonetics
SPA 309 Advanced Spanish Grammar
SPA 327 History of the Spanish Language
SPA 329 Sociolinguistics of Spanish
SPA 335 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics

Linguistics Faculty     |TOP|