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Department of Linguistics | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2021

Teaching ESL Linguistics

Certificate

This certificate is intended for students seeking an introduction to the theory behind the practice of teaching of English as a second language (TESL). The program emphasizes an understanding of a wide range o f concepts from linguistics and applied linguistics. Successful completion of a 30-hour practicum in an adult ESL program is also required. The Certificate requires more than five terms to complete and may be earned concurrently with an honours, major, extended minor or minor in linguistics.

While the Certificate by itself is not a specific employment credential, it constitutes basic preparation for teaching English language skills to adult learners. The certificate alone does not allow the holder to teach in the K-12 system. The certificate also provides preparation for further studies in applied linguistics and TESL. Those pursuing a long-term career in ESL should plan to take more advanced studies upon completion of the program. Monolingual students are strongly advised to take at least two courses (six credit hours) in a language other than English. 

Admission Requirements

Admission is not automatic. All candidates must complete and submit the required application form (available from the department) with a statement of purpose and all other required documents prior to one of three deadlines (September 30, January 31, May 31). An interview with a designated linguistics department member is also required.

Prospective students may begin completing certificate courses prior to program admission. However, students are strongly advised to apply as soon as possible after completing LING 200, 220 and an upper division course, preferably in linguistics, with a minimum C- grade. Those who delay may be unable to enrol in the required courses at the desired time.

In addition to the University’s admission requirements, students must demonstrate excellent spoken and written English. This requirement is more stringent than the University’s minimum English language requirement. Students whose first language is not English should consult the department well in advance of applying. Oral communication skills will be assessed during the interview.

Applications are evaluated on merit. The department considers academic standing, communication skills as assessed in the interview, interests and motivations in the statement of purpose, and personal qualities. Priority is given to those enrolled in a Simon Fraser University degree program.

Program Requirements

The program requires successful completion of 27 units as set out below, with a minimum 2.00 GPA calculated on grades in the specified required courses. Students also must complete a supervised practicum (LING 363) which includes 25 to 30 units of experience in an adult ESL classroom.

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete all of

LING 111 - Introduction to English Vocabulary Analysis (3)

Introduces the linguistic pathways by which selected contemporary English vocabulary has arisen. Word etymologies are derived through the application of analytical tools leading to a deeper understanding of language change and word meaning. Students with credit for LING 110 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Wei Wah Wong
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
LING 200 - Introduction to English Sentence Analysis (3)

A practical overview of English grammar based on linguistic principles, for those desiring basic knowledge of language structure, grammatical categories and grammatical analysis. This course is particularly suited for students interested in the teaching of English as a second language.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Kyeongmin Kim
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D200 Trude Heift
Fr 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
LING 220 - Introduction to Linguistics (3)

The description and analysis of language patterns. Focuses on the structure of sounds, words, sentences, and meaning. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Dean Mellow
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
LING 282W - Writing for Linguistics (3)

Develops skills in writing in linguistics while providing a closer look at fundamental concepts of the discipline. As topics examined may vary by term, this course may be repeated once for credit if the topic is different. Prerequisite: LING 220. Writing/Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Panayiotis Pappas
We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

and two of

EDUC 220 - Introduction to Educational Psychology (3)

A survey of educational research and theories concerning motivation, learning, development, and individual differences in classroom settings. May be applied towards the certificate in liberal arts. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Robyn Ilten-Gee
We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D107 Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D108 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D109 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D110 Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D111 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
OL01 Distance Education
LING 100 - Communication and Language (3)

A non-theoretical approach to the study of language using examples from a variety of languages. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Maite Taboada
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
LING 160 - Language, Culture and Society (3)

An introduction to language in its social and cultural dimensions. Students who have taken LING 260 prior to Fall 2008 may not take LING 160 for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Suzanne Hilgendorf
We, Fr 3:30 PM – 4:50 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
LING 301W - Linguistic Argumentation (3)

Advanced study of the styles of written argumentation that are used in linguistic research. Prerequisite: LING 282W; or LING 222 and any lower division W course. Students with credit for LING 301 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ashley Farris-Trimble
We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
LING 309W - Sociolinguistics (3)

A systematic approach to the study of linguistic variation in different areal, social, and cultural settings. Prerequisite: LING 282W. Recommended: LING 160 or LING 260. Students with credit for LING 409 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
A320 TBD

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete all of

Required Courses

LING 360 - Introduction to Applied Linguistics (3)

Theoretical and practical aspects of second language learning. Prerequisite: LING 282W.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Wei Wah Wong
Tu 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
LING 362 - Introduction to Teaching English as a Second Language to Adults (3)

Application of linguistic principles to the teaching of English as a second language. Prerequisite: LING 282W; or LING 221 and any lower division W course.

LING 363 - Practicum in Teaching English as a Second Language to Adults (3)

Implementation of linguistic principles in the teaching of English as a second language, including classroom teaching practice with adult learners of English. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisite: LING 360, 362.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Wei Wah Wong
Mo 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

Recommended Courses

EDUC 468 - Sociocultural Perspectives on Language, Cognitive Development and EAL Instruction (4)

Designed for prospective and beginning teachers to learn more about theory and research in language acquisition, sociocultural understandings of language development and thought, bilingualism and cognition, linguistic multicompetence. Exploring the implications of research and theory for the teaching and learning of EAL in classroom contexts. Prerequisite: 60 units including 6 units in Education courses.

LING 350 - First Language Acquisition (3)

Introduction to the study of language acquisition from the point of view of linguistic structure. Prerequisite: One of LING 301W, 309W or 482W. Students who have taken LING 250 may not take this course for further credit.