EDUTL 8610: Second Language Acquisition

Instructor: Dr. Leslie Moore (
AU 13: M 4:30-6:48
3 credit hours


This course provides an overview of theories and research in the field of second language acquisition (SLA). Through our readings, writings, presentations, and discussions we examine the development of SLA as a field, exploring cognitive, linguistic, sociocultural, and critical research perspectives.

The course will be conducted via informal lectures by the instructor, small-group work, and student-led discussion of readings. Our learning objectives are the following

  • To become familiar with theories, methods, & findings in the field of SLA
  • To develop an expert & personally relevant understanding of L2 learning
  • To develop skill in reading reports of primary & secondary research in SLA

In addition to active & informed participation in class, students will complete short weekly written assignments designed to foster high-level class discussion & give practice in key skills for graduate level scholarship. Once during the course, students will work in teams to lead class discussion for part of one class session. The final assignment is a critical review of 2 review articles, an opportunity to explore an SLA topic of your choice & apply new skills in using primary and secondary research articles.

Slavic 8801: Cognitive and Linguistic Aspects of Bilingualism

Instructor: Prof. Ludmila Isurin (
AU 13: Tu/Thu 2:20-3:40
Arps Hall 0345
3 credit hours


This is an interdepartmental SLA course that focuses on the fascinating topics related to the phenomenon of bilingualism. No prior knowledge of psycholinguistics is required for the course. The class discussions will include the following topics:

  • Who are Bilinguals? Myths about Bilingualism
  • Raising Bilingual Children
  • Bilingualism and Infants
  • Primary Language Impairments in Bilingual Children and Adults
  • Emotions, Language, and Bilingualism
  • Cognitive and Linguistic Consequences of Bilingualism
  • Creativity and Bilingualism
  • Bilingualism and Aging
  • Bilingualism and Language Cognitive Development
  • Bilingual Brain
  • Thinking and Dreaming in Bilinguals
  • TOT (Tip-of-the tongue) in Bilinguals
  • Bilingual Autobiographical Memory
  • Social and Cultural Contexts of Bilingualism

EDUTL 8615: Classroom Oriented Second Language Research

Instructor: Dr. Youngjoo Yi (
AU 13: TH 4:30-6:50
3 credit hours


The course aims to help doctoral students to understand the steps involved in designing a qualitative classroom research project, to critically evaluate published research, and to consider key issues in designing their own L2 study.

Prereq: 8610 (703.09). Not open to students with credit for·916.

LING 5701: Pyscholinguistics

Instructor: Prof. Shari Speer
AU 13: M/W 11:10-12:20
3 credit hours


An introduction to high-level language processing, word recognition, sentence understanding, and discourse processing. Prereq: 2701H (Linguist 371) or 4001 (Linguist 601) or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for Linguist 615.

LING 5601: Introduction to Sociolinguistics

Instructor: Prof. Donald Charles Winford
AU 13: T/TH 12:45-2:05
3 credit hours


Survey of approaches to the study of language in its social context: sociology of language, ethnography of speaking, discourse analysis, quantitative sociolinguistics. Prereq: 2000, 2000H, or 4000 (Linguist 201, 201H or 601) or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for Linguist 661.01.

LING 8650: Seminar in Contact Linguistics

Prof. Donald Charles Winford
AU 13: W/F 12:45-2:05
3 credit hours


The goal of this seminar is to explore in some detail the methodological frameworks and theoretical issues that relate to the origins and development of various outcomes of language contact. Prereq: Ling 5651 (Linguist 685). Repeatable to a maximum of 18 cr hrs or 18 completions