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Courses at the 600- and 700-levels are for master's students. Courses at the 800- and 900-levels are for doctoral students only. The exception is ENGL 692 American English Grammar, which is open to doctoral students.

  • ENGL 692 American English Grammar
    • The study of phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics of present-day American English, using various approaches to the analysis of grammar and usage.
  • ENGL 800 Introduction to Research
    • Interdisciplinary dimensions of the transmission of literacy and its position as a domain for scientific inquiry, including research methodology, the evaluation of research, and the bibliographical resources for the study of rhetoric and linguistics.
  • ENGL 703/803 Language and Cognition
    • Examines areas where language, thought, and cognitive process interact. Studies the essential nature of meaning and mental concepts, the core characteristics of language, and the complex relations between the two domains. Focuses on the brain/mind dichotomy, brain functions relating to language, mental modules and the mental lexicon, the role of memory in language usage, first language acquisition, the cognitive strategies involved in processing, in formation and using language, parsing and speech production, language disabilities, comprehension of spoken and written texts, and rhetorical and practical aspects of both texts and spoken language. 
  • ENGL 705/805 Language and the Social Context
    • Introduces the study of language as a social phenomenon, including such topics as language varieties; stereotypes and social identity; language planning and language policy; standard and nonstandard usage; censorship; discourse analysis; language attitudes; language, culture and thought; communicative competence; small group communications; and classroom interactions.
  • ENGL 808 Technology and Literacy
    • Presents an overview of the interrelationship between literacy and technology. Demonstrates approaches to teaching English using computer technology.
  • ENGL 815 Qualitative Research
    • Involves both reading about and training in qualitative methods such as participant observation, interviewing, coding, and analysis. Topics include: Ethics of using human subjects, epistemological foundations, research design, collection, and analysis. The course also covers dissemination of research findings. This course is for second- and third-year students, not first-year students.
  • ENGL 723/823 Second Language Teaching
    • Considers trends, issues, research, and exploration in second language teaching, as well as language learner assessment and testing.
  • ENGL 724/824 Second Language Acquisition
    • Introduces current research in second language acquisition, especially in English. Focuses on prominent research trends in the study of the language learner, the process of acquisition, and the interaction of learner, language, and context.
  • ENGL 725/825 Second Language Literacy
    • Studies theory, research, and pedagogy associated with the development of literacy in two languages, either simultaneously or successively. Focuses on how individuals and groups become literate in English as an additional or second language. Includes explorations of political, cultural, social, contextual, as well as cognitive, textual, and educational issues that arise in acquiring and using a second literacy. Open to MA TESOL and Ph.D. students in Composition and TESOL.
  • ENGL 730/830 Teaching Writing
    • Studies characteristics of the writing process and of the basic writer, methods for the evaluation of writing, and approaches to the teaching of writing in schools and colleges.
  • ENGL 731/831 Rhetorical Traditions
    • Studies how rhetorical traditions influence the teaching of composition. Examines how cultural factors such as history, politics, ideology, gender, race and ethnicity affect the composing process. Encourages students to think of composition as an open, multicultural event of imagination and social innovation.
  • ENGL 733/833 Theories of Composition
    • Reviews the major themes of composition, especially those of the modern and postmodern eras. Examines how cultural factors such as education, history, politics, ideology, gender, race and ethnicity affect theorizing about composition. Encourages students to construct their own theories of composition by entering into a collaborative cultural and intellectual process.
  • ENGL 742/842 Cross-Cultural Communication
    • Investigates cultural behaviors, assumptions, values, and conflicts surrounding communication across cultures in the context of teaching English as a second or foreign language at all levels.
  • ENGL 744/844 Reading Theory and the College English Teacher
    • Examines the psycholinguistic and ethnographic research on the fluent reading process of native and non-native college readers, relevant to the teaching of writing and reading for academic and literary purposes.
  • ENGL 745/845 Theories of Literacy
    • Engages students in readings and discussions related to three main areas of inquiry: 1) Conceptualizations of literacy, viewed cross-culturally and historically; 2) Theories of the nature of literacy and its transmission (where, when, why, how, and by whom to whom); and 3) Perspectives on writing systems, traditions of learning, and the implications of technological change.
  • ENGL 746/846 Advanced Seminar in Literacy
    • Explores a single topic in depth in the fields of Composition and/or TESOL. Topics are announced in advance and have recently included writing centers, computers in composition, discourse analysis, foundational texts, and writing program administration. May be taken more than once.
  • ENGL 748/848 Advanced Topics in Linguistics
    • Explores the study of language involving systematic research techniques. Focuses on a single topic. Topics, announced in advance, include such areas as discourse analysis, language and gender, language and social context, linguistic aspects of translation, the linguistics of written texts, and relation of oral and written communication.

Additional Resources

Current course descriptions may also be found in the Composition and TESOL Newsletter. General English course descriptions are available from the Graduate Catalog. You may register for classes online through MyIUP.

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