Morphology

This course focuses on the study of word-formation and word-structure which is called Morphology. The meaning of morphology is “the science of (word) forms.” Morphological theory provides a general theory of word-structure in all the languages of the world. Its task is to characterize the kinds of things that speakers need to know about the structure of the words of their language in order to be able to use them to produce and to understand speech. Morphology is the level of linguistics which is concerned with the internal structure of words, whether these be simple or complex, whether they contain grammatical information or have a purely lexical status.

This course offers a comprehensive survey of the knowledge of morphology which includes knowledge of individual morphemes, their pronunciation, and their meaning, and knowledge of the rules for combining morphemes into complex words.

Classroom Materials:

  1. Katamba, F. (2005) English Words. Routledge Publications.
  2. McCarthy A. C. (2002) Edinburgh University An Introduction to English Morphology. Edinburgh University Press.
  3. Victoria Fromkin, Robert Rodman, Nina Hyams. (2011). An Introduction to Language. Wadsworth, Cengage Learning 9th Edition (Morphology)
  4. George Yule (2010). The Study of Language. Cambridge University Press. 4th Edition (Morphology)

Theories & Techniques in Testing

Testing and assessment are part of modern life. Schoolchildren around the world are constantly assessed, whether to monitor their educational progress, or for governments to evaluate the quality of school systems. Adults are tested to see if they are suitable for a job they have applied for, or if they have the skills necessary for promotion. Entrance to educational establishments, to professions and even to entire countries is sometimes controlled by tests. Tests play a fundamental and controversial role in allowing access to the limited resources and opportunities that our world provides. The importance of understanding what we test, how we test and the impact that the use of tests has on individuals and societies cannot be overstated. Testing is more than a technical activity; it is also an ethical enterprise.
The practice of language testing draws upon, and also contributes to, all disciplines within applied linguistics. However, there is something fundamentally different about language testing. Language testing is all about building better tests, researching how to build better tests and, in so doing, understanding better the things that we test.
This course offers a comprehensive survey of essential principles and tools for second language assessment.

 Classroom Materials:

  1. Madson, H. S. (1983). Techniques in Language Testing. Teaching Techniques in English as a second Language.
  2. Brown H. D. (2004). Language Assessment: Principles and Classroom Practices. Longman Publications.
  3. Fulcher G., Davidson F. (2007). Language Testing and Assessment. An advanced resource book. Routledge Applied Linguistics.

Theories of Language Teaching

The proliferation of approaches and methods is a prominence characteristic of contemporary second and foreign language teaching. To some, this reflects the strength of our profession. Invention of new classroom practices and approaches to designing language programs and materials reflects a commitment to finding more efficient and more effective ways of teaching languages, the classroom teacher and the program coordinator have a wider variety of methodological options to choose from than ever before. They can choose methods and materials according to the needs of learners, the preferences of teachers, and the constraints of the school or educational setting.

 Classroom Materials:

  1. Freeman, Diane-Larsen. (2001). Techniques and Principles in Language Teaching. Oxford University Press. 3rd Edition
  2. Richards Jack C. and Rodgers. (2001). Theodore S. Approaches and Methods In Language Teaching: A description and analysis. 2nd Edition
  3. Brown, H. Douglas. (2014). Principles of Language Learning and Teaching. Pearson Education ESL; 6 edition

Phonetics and Phonology

An important purpose of the course is to explain how English is pronounced in the accent normally chosen as the standard for people learning the English spoken in England. If this was the only thing the course did, a more suitable title would have been “English Pronunciation”. However, at the comparatively advanced level at which this course is aimed, it is usual to present this information in the context of a general theory about speech sounds and how they are used in language; this theoretical context is called phonetics and phonology. Why is it necessary to learn this theoretical background? A similar question arises in connection with grammar: at lower levels of study one is concerned simply with setting out how to form grammatical sentences, but people who are going to work with the language at an advanced level as teachers or researchers need the deeper understanding provided by the study of grammatical theory and related areas of linguistics. The theoretical material in the present course is necessary for anyone who needs to understand the principles regulating the use of sounds in spoken English.

Classroom Materials:

  1. Peter Roach. (2009). English Phonetics and Phonology: A practical course. Cambridge University Press. 4th Edition
  2. Chapters related to Phonetics and Phonology in the following Books:

1) Victoria Fromkin, Robert Rodman, Nina Hyams. (2011). An Introduction to Language. Wadsworth, Cengage Learning 9th Edition

2) George Yule (2010). The Study of Language. Cambridge University Press. 4th Edition

3) Julia S. Falk. (1978). Linguistics and language: a survey of basic concepts and applications

4) Adrian Akmajian, Richard A. Demers, Ann K. Farmer. (2010). Linguistics: An Introduction to Language and Communication, 6th edition

An Introduction to Language

Linguistics shares with other sciences a concern to be objective, systematic, consistent, and explicit in its account of language. Like other sciences, it aims to collect data, test hypotheses, devise models, and construct theories. Its subject matter, however, is unique: at one extreme it overlaps with such “hard” sciences as physics and anatomy; at the other, it involves such traditional “arts” subjects as philosophy and literary criticism. The field of linguistics includes both science and the humanities, and offers a breadth of coverage that, for many aspiring students of the subject, is the primary source of its appeal.

 Classroom Materials:

  1. Victoria Fromkin, Robert Rodman, Nina Hyams. (2011). An Introduction to Language. Wadsworth, Cengage Learning 9th Edition
  2. George Yule (2010). The Study of Language. Cambridge University Press. 4th Edition
  3.  Julia S. Falk. (1978). Linguistics and language: a survey of basic concepts and applications
  4. Adrian Akmajian, Richard A. Demers, Ann K. Farmer. (2010). Linguistics: An Introduction to Language and Communication, 6th edition

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Criteria:

Evaluation Criteria

Classroom Rules:

  1. Be on time, Be serious about your classroom activities, and obey classroom regulations
  2. Students are advised to be present in the classroom for all sessions.
  3. Send your Projects, Presentation Notes and Slides to: followesp@gmail.com