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Teachers College, Columbia University
Teachers College
Columbia University
Applied Linguistics
Applied Linguistics
in the Department of Arts & Humanities
in the Department of Arts & Humanities

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Welcome to the Applied Linguistics Program

Degree Requirements

Courses

The following course descriptions are available. Please check the Class Schedule for course availability for each semester (direct link for program courses only):

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General

  • A&HL 4000 Introduction to linguistics
    Survey of cognitive and social approaches to the study of language, language acquisition, language systems, 20th century movements in linguistics, language varieties and attitudes, forms and functions of language in the classroom. For non-majors only.
  • A&HL 4001 Sociolinguistics & education
    Language variation based on social class, race, ethnicity, age, and gender; cross-cultural pragmatics, interactional sociolinguistics, code-switching, language planning, and World Englishes. Pedagogical implications.
    Instructor: Hansun Waring
  • A&HL 4003 Schools of linguistic analysis
    Prerequisite: A&HL 4085. A comparative examination of major approaches to linguistic analysis, specifically systemic and transformational, with particular reference to pedagogical applications.
    Instructor: Howard Williams
  • A&HL 4005 Semantic systems and the lexicon
    A comparative examination of lexical semantic systems of English and other languages, with particular reference to the teaching and learning of vocabulary.
    Instructor: Franklin Horowitz
  • A&HL 4014 Gender, Language, and Education
    Professor Beebe. An exploration of gender-based differences in both the structure and use of the English language (summers only). Special fee: $20.
  • A&HL 4085 Pedagogical English grammar
    A systematic, in-depth examination of English grammar with particular reference to the teaching and learning of grammar.
    Instructor: Carolin Fuchs
  • A&HL 4087 Introduction to second language acquisition
    Prerequisite: A&HL 4085; A&HL 4101. Survey of models and basic principles of second language acquisition and examination of how language acquisition research can inform language teaching, learning and policy. Offered in fall and spring only.
    Instructor: ZhaoHong Han
  • A&HL 4088 Second language assessment
    Prerequisite: A&HL 4087 or permission of instructor. Priority given to M.A. Applied Linguistics/TESOL students in their last semester. Introduction to language assessment practices including test design, construction, scoring, analysis and reporting; introduction to measurement concepts and basic statistics; and use of SPSS.
    Instructor: Kirby Grabowski
  • A&HL 4101 Phonetics and phonology
    An examination of the sound and orthographic systems of English, with reference to other languages and problems of learning and teaching English.
    Instructor: Howard Williams
  • A&HL 4104 Discourse analysis
    Prerequisite: A&HL 4085. Introduction to spoken and written discourse analysis with an overview of various approaches. Development of transcription skills with application of teaching and research.
    Instructor: Terry Royce
  • A&HL 4106 Text and textuality
    Permission of instructor. Explores various viewpoints on the production and comprehension of connected discourse, both written and oral, with reference to cohesive devices, rhetorical structures, and the general pragmatics of communication, with attention to pedagogical applications. Offered spring semester only.
    Instructor: Howard Williams
  • A&HL 5008 Interlanguage analysis
    Co-requisite: A&HL 4087. Investigates processes underlying second language development/non-development. Guided by the instructor, students will examine empirical SLA studies and be introduced to ways of conducting interlanguage analysis.
    Instructor: ZhaoHong Han
  • A&HL 5085 Advanced syntax
    Prerequisite: A&HL 4085. Survey of generative syntax.
    Instructor: Howard Williams
  • A&HL 5152 Academic writing I
    Faculty. Permission of instructor required. An introduction to the theory and teaching of various genres of academic writing for native and non-native writers. Teachers are given opportunities to develop their academic writing skills.
  • A&HL 5153 Academic writing II
    Faculty. Permission of instructor required. An advanced course in the theory and teaching of expository writing. Students will work systematically on a major writing project.
  • A&HL 5153 Academic writing II
    Faculty. Permission of instructor required. An advanced course in the theory and teaching of expository writing. Students will work systematically on a major writing project.
  • A&HL 5519 Instructed second language acquisition and assessment

    Instructor: Vivian Lindhardsen
  • A&HL 6087 Advanced second language acquisition
    Prerequisite: A&HL 4087. Examines theoretical and empirical issues in SLA research. Reading and discussion of selected state-of-the-art articles that address, critically and substantively, topics that are of fundamental interest to SLA researchers.
    Instructor: ZhaoHong Han

Research Seminars

  • A&HL 5512 Advanced historical perspectives on language testing research
    This course examines the major issues and debates in language testing research since the 1960s. It explores controversies related to the nature of language ability, test authenticity, test score generalizability, performance assessment, and test validation. It also involves discussion of problems and future directions of language testing.
    Instructor: James Purpura
  • A&HL 5515 Advanced topics in applied linguistics I
    Permission of instructor required. Research in such areas as (international) sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, assessment, and discourse analysis.
    Instructor: ZhaoHong Han
  • A&HL 5516 Advanced topics in applied linguistics II
    Permission of instructor required. Research in various methods of sociolinguistic analysis, discourse analysis, textual analysis and conversation analysis. Materials fee: $20.
    Instructor: Barbara Hawkins
  • A&HL 5575 Research literacy in applied linguistics and TESOL
    Introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methods with discussion of major research paradigms (experimental, ethnographic, introspective, questionnaire, etc.) and critical review of professional literature in applied linguistics and TESOL.
    Instructor: ZhaoHong Han
  • A&HL 5581 Topics in second language acquisition: Psycholinguistics and SLA
    Prerequisites: A&HL 4087 or A&HL 4104 or permission of instructor. An in-depth examination of various perspectives on second language acquisition. Materials fee: $20 each course
    Instructor: ZhaoHong Han
  • A&HL 5585 Topics in second language acquisition: Discourse analysis and SLA
    Prerequisites: A&HL 4087 or A&HL 4104 or permission of instructor. An in-depth examination of various perspectives on second language acquisition. Materials fee: $20 each course
  • A&HL 5588 Topics in second language acquisition: Trends in SLA research
    Prerequisites: A&HL 4087 or A&HL 4104 or permission of instructor. An in-depth examination of various perspectives on second language acquisition. Materials fee: $20 each course
  • A&HL 6587 Seminar in second language acquisition: Acquisitional and cross-cultural pragmatics
    Permission of instructor required. Pre-requisite: A&HL 4104 or permission of instructor. Research on acquisitional and cross-cultural pragmatics. Special fee: $20.

Doctoral Preparation

  • A&HL 5501 Research paper: Applied linguistics

    Instructor: James Purpura
  • A&HL 5507 Research paper: TESOL/Applied linguistics
    Research paper in TESOL/Applied linguistics
    Instructor: Barbara Hawkins
  • A&HL 6501 Doctoral seminar: Applied linguistics
    Doctoral seminar in applied linguistics
    Instructor: James Purpura
  • A&HL 6507 Doctoral seminar in applied linguistics and TESOL

    Instructor: Barbara Hawkins
  • A&HL 7501 Dissertation seminar in applied linguistics
    Dissertation seminar in applied linguistics
    Instructor: James Purpura
  • A&HL 7507 Dissertation Seminar in applied linguistics and TESOL

    Instructor: Barbara Hawkins
  • A&HL 8901 Dissertation advisement in applied linguistics
    Dissertation advisement in applied linguistics
    Instructor: ZhaoHong Han

Independent Research, Fieldwork and Internships

  • A&HL 4901 Research and independent study: Applied linguistics
    Permission of instructor required. Research under the direction of a faculty member. Students work individually or with others. Course may be taken more than once.
  • A&HL 4907 Research and independent study: Applied linguistics
    Permission of instructor required. Research under the direction of a faculty member. Students work individually or with others. Course may be taken more than once.
    Instructor: ZhaoHong Han
  • A&HL 5201 Fieldwork in applied linguistics
    Permission of instructor required. Opportunity for qualified students, individually or in small groups, to develop and pursue projects, in consultation with an advisor, in schools, communities, and other field settings. Course may be taken more than once.
    Instructor: Terry Royce
  • A&HL 5207 Fieldwork in applied linguistics and TESOL
    Permission of instructor required. Opportunity for qualified students, individually or in small groups, to develop and pursue projects, in consultation with an advisor, in schools, communities, and other field settings. Course may be taken more than once.
    Instructor: ZhaoHong Han
  • A&HL 6201 Advanced fieldwork in applied linguistics and TESOL
    Permission of instructor required. Opportunity for qualified students, individually or in small groups, to develop and pursue projects, in consultation with an advisor, in schools, communities, and other field settings. Course may be taken more than once.
  • A&HL 6207 Advanced fieldwork in applied linguistics and TESOL
    Permission of instructor required. Opportunity for qualified students, individually or in small groups, to develop and pursue projects, in consultation with an advisor, in schools, communities, and other field settings. Course may be taken more than once.
    Instructor: ZhaoHong Han