Linguistics Department

Human Health Building, Room 1024
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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(248) 370-2175
Fax: (248) 370-3144

Courses

Linguistics & Applied
Language Studies Courses
Frequency of
Course Offerings
The following list indicates the frequency with which our regular courses are taught. LIN and ALS courses which are in the course catalog but which do not appear below are taught on a less regular basis as the need and interest arise. We will attempt to adhere to this schedule as best we can so that undergraduate and graduate students can plan their programs and meet their requirements in a timely manner.

Course Number

Course Name

Frequency

LIN 302/502HistoricalEvery year (usually Fall)
LIN 303/503Intro. PhonologyEvery Winter
LIN 304/504Intro. SyntaxEvery Fall
LIN 305/505Phonetic TheoryEvery year 
LIN 307/507Intro. SemanticsEvery year (usually Winter)
LIN 403/603Phonological TheoryEvery Fall
LIN 404/604Syntactic TheoryEvery Winter
LIN 407/607Semantic TheoryEvery other year
LIN409/609Studies in the Structure of a LanguageEvery year (usually Fall)
LIN 510Language Structure, Variation, and ChangeEvery Fall
ALS 317/517Models of Second Language AcquisitionEvery Summer 1
ALS 334/534Language Development in ChildrenEvery Fall
ALS 335/535PsycholinguisticsEvery other year (usually Fall)
ALS 374/574Cross-Cultural CommunicationEvery other year (usually Winter)
ALS 375/575Language and CultureEvery year (usually Winter)
ALS 376/576Language and SocietyEvery other year (usually Fall)
ALS 418/518Teaching English as a Second LanguageEvery Fall and Winter
ALS 419/519PracticumEvery Fall, Winter and Summer 1
ALS 438/538Theory and Practice in Language TestingEvery Fall
ALS 530Language AcquisitionEvery summer
ALS 570Language, Culture, and SocietyEvery Winter
ALS 630Language PedagogyEvery Winter
ALS 631Curriculum and Material DesignEvery Summer 1
ALS 632Assessment and ComplianceEvery Summer 1
ALS 640ESL PracticumEvery Summer 2
ESL
Courses

The English as a Second Language Center offers classes in English as a Second Language (ESL) to help individuals improve English language skills (speaking, accent reduction, listening comprehension, reading, writing and vocabulary development). These courses are intended for university students, faculty and staff as well as international students, business personnel and other individuals. These classes can be taken as continuing education classes (CEU) as well as for credit. Students should contact the English as a Second Language Center for additional information.

These courses cannot be used to satisfy any portion of the University requirement in writing proficiency. Course numbers beginning with 04 are foundation courses; 05 are beginning level courses; with 06, intermediate level; and with 07, advanced level. Courses beginning with 08 have a business focus. Those beginning with 09 are for graduate students.

ESL 040 Listening and Speaking (4 with additional lab)
For non-native speakers of English only.  To aid in the development of fundamental English proficiency skills so students will be able to communicate very simple spoken commands and be able to understand simple directions in English.  Includes a required lab component.
Prerequisite:  Placement

ESL 041 Reading and Vocabulary Development (4 with additional lab)
For non-native speakers only. Designed to build fundamental English proficiency skills in phonics, vocabulary, and comprehension of text.
Prerequisite:  Placement

ESL 042 Writing and Sentence Structure for Academic Purposes (4 with additional lab)
For non-native speakers only. Designed to build fundamental grammar skills in written English so that students can construct simple sentences.
Prerequisite:  Placement

ESL 044 Academic Communication (4 with additional lab)
For non-native speakers of English only.  Introduction to important skills that are needed to succeed in an academic setting at an American university, including such topics as campus life, computers, and typing skills.
Prerequisite:  Placement

ESL 050 Listening and Speaking I (2 or 4)
To aid students in developing general listening and speaking skills through guided conversational practice. Students will be instructed in appropriate conversational techniques and will practice in group discussions.
May be repeated for up to 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Placement

ESL 051 Reading and Vocabulary Development I (2 or 4)
Designed to help students develop general-purpose reading skills and strategies. Emphasis on vocabulary development to enhance reading facility.
May be repeated for up to 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Placement

ESL 052 Writing and Sentence Structure for Academic Purposes I (2 or 4)
Designed for students of ESL to improve basic writing skills.
May be repeated for up to 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Placement

ESL 053 Conversation I (2 or 4)
For non-native speakers only. Guides students toward appropriate production of the vowels, consonants, stress, rhythm,and intonation patterns of American English. Through structured conversation, students will be introduced to slang, idioms, and informal words and expressions as encountered in everyday communicative situations.
May be repeated for up to 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Placement

ESL 054 Academic Communication I (2 or 4)
For non-native speakers only. Designed to provide an introduction to the skills necessary to succeed in the academic setting. The focus of this course is on non-verbal communciation and classroom etiquette.
May be repeated for up to 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Placement

ESL 055 Introduction to American Culture and Customs (2 or 4)
Introduction to the environment and culture of the United States. Students will participate in reading, writing, listening, and speaking tasks as they relate to practical cultural information.
May be repeated for up to 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Placement

ESL 056 Language Laboratory I (2 or 4)
For non-native speakers only. Practice in the development of computer literacy skills necessary for use in language laboratories and with internet based programs in English as a Second Language.
May be repeated for up to 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Placement

ESL 057 Topics in English as a Second Language I (2 or 4)
For non-native speakers only. An intensive study of particular topics in English as a Second Language such as vocabulary enhancement through reading and writing.
May be repeated for up to 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Placement

ESL 060 Listening and Speaking II (2 or 4)
To help students develop the necessary listening and speaking skills for an academic environment. Focus will be on listening and speaking in a variety of class settings (lecture, seminar, discussion) and will include note-taking and subject comprehension.
May be repeated for up to 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Placement

ESL 061 Reading and Vocabulary Development II (2 or 4)
An intermediate-level course designed to help students develop reading skills and strategies for academic purposes. Emphasizes developing appropriate technical vocabularies.
May be repeated for up to 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Placement

ESL 062 Writing and Sentence Structure for Academic Purposes II (2 or 4)
Improving basic knowledge of paragraph structure, linear sequencing, and grammatical structures used in writing. Focus on organization and coherence, and practice in transitions, conciseness, and patterns of organization.
May be repeated for up to 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Placement

ESL 063 Conversation II (2 or 4)
For non-native speakers only. Provides intermediate students with structured conversation, study and practice. Designed to expand communication skills in English as a Second Language.
May be repeated for up to 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Placement

ESL 064 Academic Communication II (2 or 4)
For non-native speakers only. Designed to expand the skills necessary to succeed in the academic setting. The focus is on processing/synthesizing information received aurally.
May be repeated for up to 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Placement

ESL 066 Language Laboratory II (2 or 4)
For non-native speakers only. Practice in the development of intermediate computer literacy skills necessary for use in language laboratories and with internet based programs in English as a Second Language.
May be repeated for up to 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Placement

ESL 067 Topics in English as a Second Language II (2 or 4)
For non-native speakers only. An intensive study of intermediate topics in English as a Second Language such as the development of fluency with simple grammatical structures through reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
May be repeated for up to 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Placement

ESL 070 Listening and Speaking III (2 or 4)
Designed to help students reduce their accent for improved listener comprehension. Focus on accuracy in articulation at both the individual sound level and the sentential level. Will use interactive phonetics software to provide feedback.
May be repeated for up to 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Placement

ESL 071 Reading and Vocabulary Development III (2 or 4)
An advanced-level course designed to help students further develop reading skills and strategies for academic purposes. Emphasizes critical analysis and handling heavy reading loads.
May be repeated for up to 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Placement

ESL 072 Writing and Sentence Structure for Academic Purposes III (2 or 4)
Designed to help students improve their writing skills. Combines extensive practice in rhetorical techniques with a review of grammatical structures.
May be repeated for up to 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Placement

ESL 073 Conversation III (2 or 4)
For non-native speakers only. Provides advanced students with structured conversation, study, and, practice. Designed for effective communication with native speakers of English in a variety of diverse settings.
May be repeated for up to 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Placement

ESL 074 Academic Communication III (2 or 4)
For non-native speakers only. Guides students toward mastery of the skills necessary to succeed in the academic setting. The focus is on student demonstration of their ability to communicate effectively in a variety of academic situations such that they are prepared for integration into general education courses.
May be repeated for up to 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Placement

ESL 076 Language Laboratory III (2 or 4)
For non-native speakers only. Practice in the development of advanced computer literacy skills necessary for use in language laboratories and with internet based programs in English as a Second Language.
May be repeated for up to 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Placement

ESL 077 Topics in English as a Second Language III (2 or 4)
For non-native speakers only. An intensive study of advanced topics in English as a Second Language, such as the development of fluency with complex grammatical structures through reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
May be repeated for up to 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Placement

ESL 079 Independent Study in English as a Second Language (2 or 4)
Provides students with the opportunity to design a course of study that meets their particular English language needs.
May be repeated for up to 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

ESL 080 Listening and Speaking in the Business Setting (2 or 4)
Designed for students who are either working in American business or plan to do so. Students will learn effective listening and speaking skills through oral presentations, accent reduction techniques, and business jargon use.
May be repeated for up to 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Placement

ESL 081 Reading and Vocabulary in the Business Setting (2 or 4)
Designed to improve students' reading skills for the business environment and to familiarize students with the American business culture. Emphasizes handling of specialized subject matter, critical analysis, and business vocabulary.
May be repeated for up to 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Placement

ESL 082 Writing and Grammar in the Business Setting (2 or 4)
Designed to instruct students in the writing styles appropriate for American business. Students will learn to write typical business documents while emphasizing correct and appropriate grammar and vocabulary.
May be repeated for up to 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Placement

ESL 085 Cross-Cultural Communication in the Business Setting (2 or 4)
Focus on common business customs and practices in the United States. Students will participate in reading, listening, and speaking tasks as they relate to the American business environment.
May be repeated for up to 12 credits.

ESL 087 Topics in the Business Setting (2 or 4)
For students who are either working in American business or plan to do so. A variety of professional and business topics will be offered which will match the student's current career or future career goals.
May be repeated for up to 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Placement

ESL 090 English for Instructional Purposes (4)
Designed for international students who will be teaching assistants. Emphasis on improving presentation skills, particularly pronunciation, and on addressing issues relevant to student-teacher interaction.
May be repeated for up to 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Graduate assistantship.

ESL 092 Research Papers and Thesis Writing for Graduate Students (4)
Designed to aid graduate students with the tasks of writing substantive research papers or theses.
May be repeated for up to 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Graduate student standing.