Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate Program - Graduate - 2011 University Catalog

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In 1988, the University reorganized its long-standing, successful credit and non-credit English as a Second Language (ESL) programs within the Center for Language Acquisition, Instruction and Research (CLAIR).  The Institute, which is administered collaboratively by the Linguistics Department and the Center for Continuing Education, serves as a center for the teaching and learning of languages. CLAIR also provides a venue for the exploration of innovative language teaching formats as well as a site for training of language teachers. CLAIR offers an 18 credit program leading to a Montclair State University certificate in TESOL.  This professional certificate program is designed to provide participants with a background in the principles of linguistics and language education along with an understanding of the classroom applications of these principles.  These experiences culminate in an ESL teaching practicum in CLAIR or at another appropriate off-campus site. The entire program is designed to be completed in two semesters of full-time study.

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18 semester hours are required with a minimum GPA of 2.50.

  1. Complete to earn 15 semester hours

    APLN 500 Language and Linguistics 3
    APLN 520 Current Theories of Second Language Acquisition 3
    APLN 524 Advanced Structure of American English 3
    APLN 525 Methodology of Teaching ESL 3
    APLN 529 TESL Practicum 3
  2. Complete 1 course from the following list to earn 3 semester hours

    APLN 532 Language and Culture in Minority Education 3
    APLN 534 Languages in Contact 3
    APLN 536 Languages of the USA 3

Course Descriptions:

APLN500: Language and Linguistics

An overview of the study of language and linguistics intended to provide students with a clear understanding of human language and with the conceptual foundations of linguistics. The course will expose students to several major areas within linguistics: language acquisition, phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. It will introduce the major tenets and principles of linguistics without surveying the areas treated in the other graduate courses in the department. It is a prerequisite for all other courses in the M.A. program. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

APLN520: Current Theories of Second Language Acquisition

An in-depth analysis of the processes of child and adult second language acquisition (SLA) and how it differs from first language acquisition and the implications of these theories for the teaching and learning of second languages. The application of sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics to language teaching. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: APLN 500.

APLN524: Advanced Structure of American English

A detailed analysis of the phonological and grammatical structures of American English; advanced study of the social and stylistic varieties of American English; various theories of English grammar are studied. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: APLN 500.

APLN525: Methodology of Teaching ESL

The study of current issues in the teaching of English as a Second Language. Issues may include innovative teaching methodologies, the application of language learning theories to classroom teaching and the adaptation and development of instructional materials. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: APLN 520.

APLN529: TESL Practicum

To provide students who are seeking certification in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) as a second teaching field, with an opportunity to teach ESL in a formal classroom setting. Arrangements will be made on an individual basis for each student. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: APLN 525 may be taken as prerequisite or corequisite. Completion of other required courses for TESL certification.

APLN532: Language and Culture in Minority Education

An investigation of the intimate connection between language, culture, and ethnic pride and identity. Study of the communication problems faced by bilingual children due to differences in verbal and non-verbal patterns of communication; survey of various instructional methods and models employed in teaching children from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds; study of the correlation between language and various socio-cultural factors. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: APLN 500.

APLN534: Languages in Contact

A study of the effects of bilingualism and multilingualism on society and on the languages involved. By examining a variety of examples, students become familiar with the possible outcomes of language contact and with the factors that play a role in language-policy decisions in multilingual societies. Pidgins and creoles are also studied. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: APLN 500.

APLN536: Languages of the USA

A survey of the indigenous, colonial, and immigrant languages of the U.S. and how they are used in education and general communication. Also studied are factors affecting the maintenance or loss of languages and the shift from native languages to English with discussion of the mutual effects of language contact. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: APLN 500.