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Applied Linguistics Minor

Applied Linguistics (AL) is an interdisciplinary field that investigates and offers solutions to language-related problems in the world.

The AL minor at Grand Valley State University has 2 tracks: General and English as Second Language (ESL).

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General AL Minor Coursework

Students earn the minor by completing 21 credits, including three required AL courses in English (nine credits):

Three elective AL courses in English (nine credits), chosen from:

  • ENG 362  History of English
  • ENG 365  Teaching ESL
  • ENG 366  English Grammar & Usage
  • ENG 390  Special Topics in Language
  • ENG 392  Language & Power
  • ENG 461  Language & Gender
  • ENG 465  Second Language Reading & Writing
  • ENG 467  Language Disorders & English Literacy
  • ENG 469  ESL Teaching Practicum

One course (three credits), chosen from a list of cross-departmental electives, available at: gvsu.edu/english/linguistics-72.htm'>www.gvsu.edu/english/linguistics-72.htm">gvsu.edu/english/linguistics-72.htm/.

ESL Track

The ESL track of the AL minor is designed for students planning to teach in K-12 contexts in the U.S. This includes all elementary, CSAT, and secondary education majors in College of Education. The curriculum meets Michigan Department of Education standards for a teachable minor for initial elementary or secondary certification, and leads to ESL endorsement, an add-on credential to a Michigan teaching license.

ESL Minor Coursework

Students earn the ESL minor by completing 23 credits, including six AL courses in English (18 credits):

  • ENG 261  Foundations of Language Study
  • ENG 363  Applied Linguistics
  • ENG 364  Sociolinguistics
  • ENG 365  Teaching ESL
  • ENG 366  English Grammar & Usage
  • ENG 465  Second Language Reading & Writing

An ESL teaching practicum* in COE (five credits):

  • EDR 470  Directed Teaching in ESL: Elementary, or
  • EDR 471  Directed Teaching in ESL: Secondary

*EDR 470 and 471 are offered during an extended (20-week) Winter semester, and must be taken concurrently with students' major subject area student teaching practicum (EDI 430 or 431).

Helpful Links

For More Information

Department of English

gvsu.edu/english
230 Lake Huron Hall
(616) 331-3400

Admissions Office

gvsu.edu/admissions

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this program study at Grand Valleys Allendale Campus.

Format: Face To Face

Coursework

The general track of the AL minor is designed for students interested in pursuing systematic study of language and applied issues in the acquisition, teaching, and use of language, including the teaching of English as second or foreign language. Students with this minor are well prepared to teach English internationally, and to work in such settings as adult literacy, refugee services, publishing, and nonprofit organizations.

  • ENG 261  Foundations of Language Study
  • ENG 363  Applied Linguistics
  • ENG 364  Sociolinguistics