Courses & Requirements for the TESL/TEFL Advanced Certificate

The Advanced Certificate requires 12 units--four 3-unit courses.

Second language acquisition: Ling 652
Ling. 652 (Second Language Acquisition): Prerequisites: Linguistics 452 or 552; and 550. Analyses of theories of second language acquisition; theoretical and empirical bases of current second language teaching methodologies.

Applied linguistics:
Two courses chosen from Ling 650, Ling 653, Ling 655, Ling 657

Ling 650 (Materials Development in ESL/EFL): Prerequisite: Linguistics 550. Materials development and adaptation for teaching English as a second language and foreign language.

Ling 653 (ESL/EFL Reading and Writing): Prerequisite: Linguistics 550. Application of discourse and reading theory to the teaching and testing of TESL/TEFL reading and writing. Issues of coherence, process-product, genre studies.

Ling 655 (English for Specific Purposes and Content-Based Instruction): Prerequisite: Ling 550. Introduction to the theory, practice, and history of two related international approaches to ESL/EFL: English for Specific Purposes and Content-Based Instruction.

Ling 657 (Foundations of Language Assessment): Prerequisite: Ling 550. Fundamental principles and goals of language assessment and language assessment research: characteristics of assessment methods; analyzing test tasks; designing test items; describing test scores; approaches to estimating reliability; validity and validation; authenticity and impact.

Elective: One chosen from

Ling 530 (English Grammar) (if not used for Basic Certificate)
Ling 622 (Advanced Syntax),
Ling 651 (Sociology of Language)
Ling 654 (Language and Cognition)
Ling 795 (Seminar in Linguistics) (when offered with applied linguistics content)

The prerequisite for the Advanced Certificate is the Basic Certificate or its equivalent. A student’s entire program comprising Basic and Advanced Certificates must include at least one course from Linguistics 430, 530, and 622. Under certain circum­stances, comparable courses taken at other institutions may count toward the certificate. Such courses must be evaluated and approved by the certificate adviser.