Texas Tech University

Applied Linguistics Courses

Spring 2023


LING 5332 Instructed SLA: This course focuses on understanding how second language learning or acquisition occurs in instructional settings. In addition to surveying various approaches to second language (L2) instruction, this course will examine the acquisition of different aspects of an L2 (e.g., grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, pragmatics) by different kinds of learners in classroom settings. We will also cover instructed SLA research methods, as well as discuss the link among current theory, research, and language teaching practice.



LING 5382: L2 Literacies: Reading and interpreting L2 texts





How do L2 learners learn to read in a second language? How have reading practices evolved in the digital age, and what do we know about L2 learners reading multimodal texts? What can instructors do to help L2 readers interpret authentic texts produced by and for members of particular target language cultures? Decades of research in second language reading have helped explain cognitive, sociocultural, and linguistic processes involved in reading second language texts. Yet, reading instruction in mainstream foreign language classrooms is often absent, leaving learners to their own devices to read at home and come prepared to discuss a text in class. While L2 reading processes are facilitated by first language reading strategies, L2 readers must also learn new strategies for interpreting L2 texts, which combine new linguistic codes, and culturally-specific images and references. In this seminar we will explore what is known about L2 reading from cognitive, linguistic, and sociocultural theoretical perspectives. We will examine models of L2 reading, discuss and read research on L2 reading, and develop projects to bridge research and practice that account for different text types and reading purposes. In the second half of the semester, you will develop either an action research project related to L2 reading or a two-day reading-focused teaching sequence using one of the frameworks studied in class. This course will be conducted in English.

LING – 5383: Seminar in Second Language Acquisition: Action Research in Language Classrooms

Action research is a process through which practitioners develop their professional voices and explore issues of significance in their practice, and the intent is always to improve practice.  This might mean trying to understand why something is working as well as trying to address a practice that is not working or no longer meets personal expectation in classroom settings. Therefore, the course goals are: (1) to demonstrate knowledge of, and the ability to use, action research as part of personal professional development and reflective practice; (2) to compare and contrast assumptions, aims and methods used in action research versus traditional quantitative and qualitative research; (3) to practice methods of action research and critically analyze action research projects carried out by other teacher-researchers; (4) to adopt action research as a career-long commitment to excellence in teaching; (5) to know and follow ethical mandates in conducting and reporting research.

LING 5383 and SPAN 5343 Eye-Tracking and L2 Processing:

This course introduces you to eye-tracking as a methodology to explore cognitive aspects of second language acquisition and bilingualism. Eye-tracking allows us to document someone's allocation of visual attention while reading or viewing and extrapolate the cognitive effort involved (amongst other things). We explore various topics that can be studied using eye-tracking: grammar, vocabulary, instruction, subtitles, and assessment. We also explore topics in the visual world paradigm: word recognition, prediction, and referential processing. The course also includes principles of research design for eye-tracking and the measures that eye-tracking can provide. Finally, you will also gain practical experience in an eye-tracking lab learning to use the equipment.

Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures

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