Location: CL 205
Catalog DescriptionThis course introduces students to the semantics, pragmatics, and discourse structures of English as these relate to second language acquisition and second language teaching. It is part of the MA TESOL core.
This course will provide an overview of semantics and the major approaches to pragmatics and discourse analysis and will introduce students to the analytical tools used to examine written and spoken discourse. Discourse Analysis as a field of study is characterized by a variety of approaches and a diversity of definitions. While this course will discuss a number of these approaches, it will emphasize the analysis of actual, recorded interactions. In addition to lectures and discussions of the assigned readings, the class will also engage in data sessions designed to provide students with hands-on experience in analyzing actual discourse data. These data sessions will be led and modeled by the instructor. As the semester progresses, students will present data they have collected. This data will form the basis for the final project, a lesson plan designed for teaching L2 pragmatics and discourse based on an in depth analysis of actual discourse data.