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Student Learning Objectives from the "" college of arts and science

Linguistics

Undergraduate Programs
  • Undergraduate majors in linguistics will have knowledge of the structural, psychological, social, and cultural nature of language and of the place of language study among the arts and sciences.
  • Undergraduate majors in linguistics will have knowledge of the subject matter of linguistic theory and of major subfields including sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and computational linguistics.
  • Undergraduate majors in linguistics will have an overview of the various subfields of linguistics enabling them to integrate them and relate them to various "applied" areas such as teaching English as a second or foreign language, bilingual education, language planning and translation and interpretation.
  • Undergraduate majors in linguistics will have rudimentary research skills sufficient to conduct original research focused either on primary language data, or on the second language classroom, and sufficient to prepare them for entrance into an M.A. program.
Graduate Programs
  • Graduate majors in linguistics will have knowledge of the basic parameters of general linguistic theory and the nature of language, and of the major subfields of linguistics including sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and computational linguistics.
  • Graduate majors in linguistics will have knowledge of basic structures of English including phonological, syntactic and semantic structures.
  • Graduate majors in linguistics will have an understanding of the principles underlying successful second and foreign language acquisition, including an understanding of the nature of learners’ knowledge/competence, the processes of and constraints on second language acquisition, internal and external variables that affect second language acquisition and second language performance, and the effects of instruction on second language acquisition.
  • Graduate majors in linguistics will have knowledge of the prevailing theories of how people acquire languages, both native and foreign, and the implications of these theories for the development of effective language teaching methodologies.
  • Graduate majors in linguistics will have knowledge of the prevailing methods and approaches to teaching second and foreign languages, understanding the principles underlying each method and approach, in order to all them to make informed decisions regarding individual teaching.
  • Graduate majors in linguistics will learn to evaluate textbooks, teaching materials, and the methodological options available to language teachers in particular teaching contexts.
  • Graduate majors in linguistics will have an integrated knowledge of methods, materials, theories, and empirical research findings related to the teaching of all of the following areas of language ability: listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, discourse, and pragmatics.
  • Graduate majors in linguistics will gain experience in organizing and administering a small-scale ESL program, working closely together with other teachers in a team-teaching situation, being responsible for recruiting students, assessing student needs, placing students in the right level, planning, coordinating and executing a syllabus, monitoring progress, reflecting on their own teaching, giving and receiving feedback from peers and supervisors, and dealing with the everyday problems of a language program as they arise.
  • Graduate majors in linguistics will have the ability to read and comprehend the latest books and journals in the field, including those containing arguments based on statistical analysis and major theories of language.
  • Graduate majors in linguistics will have basic research skills sufficient to conduct original research focused on primary language data, and to prepare them for entrance into a doctoral program in linguistics or cognate fields.
  • Graduate majors in linguistics will develop a research proposal, carry out the research, present the results in a paper or poster session at The annual Conference of the Ohio University Linguistics Department and write a final written paper in a form that could be submitted for publication in a journal.


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