Summer 2015 Graduate Course Offerings


Applied Linguistics

English/LING 511XW. Introduction to Linguistic Analysis

Instructor: James Ranalli

Introduction to Linguistic Analysis is a graduate level introduction to basic issues and patterns in the structure of human language and how language is used to achieve communicative goals. The course will cover three main aspects of linguistics. The first is language structure, especially focusing on vocabulary (morphology), the sounds of language (phonetics), how sounds are organized into categories (phonology), and how groups of words are grammatically patterned (syntax). The second area is language use. Language is not only structured in terms of sounds and words and grammar, but is also a tool for people to do things. We complain, greet, woo, argue, persuade and perform a thousand other acts by way of language. In this section of the course, we will examine how speakers use different kinds of language to do things in conversation (speech acts), to send coherent messages, and to reflect social roles (information structure and pragmatics). The third section of the course will focus on language change and variation, especially the historical development of languages in general and English in particular, and how and why language users employ variations in their speech to fit different contexts (registers) and speech communities (dialects).

English 513. Language Assessment Practicum

Instructor: Volker Hegelheimer

Advanced practicum in language assessment.

English 588. Supervised Practicum in Literary Editing

Instructor: Slater

Intensive observation of ESL instruction and supervised practice in teaching learners of English in a context appropriate to the student teacher’s goals. ENGL 588 cannot be used for teacher licensure and cannot be taken during student teaching.

English 688. Practicum in Technology and Applied Linguistics

Instructor: Volker Hegelheimer

Focus on integrating theoretical knowledge with practical expertise. Assess client needs; develop, integrate, and evaluate solutions. Practical understanding of computer applications used in multimedia development. Create web-based or CD-ROM-based multimedia materials. Work with advanced authoring applications.

Creative Writing

English 560. Environmental Field Experience

Students spend a term on a project that requires fieldwork. Projects might include working for a federal, state, or private non-profit environmental organization or farm, or living and working in a specified natural area.

English 595A. Graduate Study and Travel

Instructor: Debra Marquart

Supervised study of an appropriate area of the discipline while traveling in a foreign country or in the U.S. Special fees apply.

Rhetoric & Professional Communication

English 504. Teaching Business and Technical Communication

Practicum in teaching college courses in business and technical communication. Emphasis on curriculum planning, textbook selection, assignment design, materials development, and assessment of student work.

English 508. Advanced Workshop in Academic Writing

Instructor: Kathie Gossett

Hands-on practice in writing academic discourse for publication; rhetorical analyses of student-selected academic journals; discussion of current trends in academic writing; professional perspectives on the referee process and on journal editorial decision making. Focus on the writing of selected short pieces (opinion essays, standard reviews, conference-length papers) and of article-length manuscripts.

English 531. Topics in the Study of Literature

Instructor: Barbara Ching

May 19 – June 25, 2015    CANCELLED
TTh 6:10-9:15 pm
In this 3 credit course we’ll read at least 3 “academic novels” and other documents such as the Morrill Act, Northrop Frye’s brief critical essay “The Mythos of Spring,” and y sections of a memoir, From the Basement of the Ivory Tower by Professor X, and journal articles on the assigned novels. We will start with Kingsley Amis’s Lucky Jim (1954) set in a provincial English red brick university established to educate students whose backgrounds did not lead them to Oxford or Cambridge. The second novel is Jane Smiley’s novel Moo, set in a very recognizable land grant university.
Our reading of these texts will be informed by both genre theory and by historical and rhetorical perspectives on the ways in which educational access and college and university rankings have been created, defined, (de)valued, and imagined.
You will select a third novel from a set of choices to be determined by student interests and you will present your reading of the novel to the class.
Grades will be determined by participation (20%), class presentations (40%) and a final paper (40%).

English 587. Internship in Business, Technical, and Professional Communication

An opportunity to write, edit, and design business and technical documents in a professional setting.