Texas Tech University

Applied Linguistics Courses

Spring 2021


LING 5382 Communicative Competence and Second Language Use Description Frameworks: This course relates communicative competence, and second language use description frameworks such as the ACTFL Guidelines and CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) materials to teaching and to everyday classroom testing projects. Communicative competence is a High-level theory, which has profound and lasting effects, sometimes unintended, on many levels of the educational enterprise, including textbook design, classroom instruction, and teacher education. Yet, many teachers, even well-educated ones, have a limited understand of how communicative competence relates to activities powered by Low-level theory, such as lesson planning, and making and using classroom tests. The ACTFL Guidelines (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) and the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) are Middle-level theories which include level and skill descriptors and "can-do" statements at different theorized level of language learner ability. These are language use description frameworks and as such may help us better link communicative competence to practice.


LING 5382 Second Language Course Evaluation: This seminar aims to introduce learners to the fundamentals of a significant area of applied research, that of second language course evaluation, and to the literature of second language evaluation and needs analysis. This knowledge will increase learners' understanding of the courses they teach and the programs they work in. With understanding comes the possibility of change, and opportunities for learners to improve their own courses and programs, to do satisfying and useful administrative work, and to excel professionally.


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 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.

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?

In this seminar we will explore what is known about L2 reading from cognitive and sociocultural theoretical perspectives, and develop projects to bridge research and practice that accounts for different text types and reading purposes. Students will develop an action research project in which they develop, deliver, and analyze results from a research-informed instructional sequence. This course will be conducted as a hybrid course, with asynchronous online engagement with concepts through readings and videos, and 1.5 hours per week of face-to-face discussion and application of concepts.

Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures

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