Introductions & Course Overview
Welcome to Session 1 of the Linguistics class

The study of linguistics will provide ENL teachers as well as other teachers with the basic background knowledge and an understanding of how language works to interact with diverse students, mostly in a school setting. This course aims to offer an overview of linguistics as well as reflection on the implications in the classroom developing familiarity with linguistic terms and concepts. The goal is to provide an understanding of how language works, learn the fundamentals of linguistics; phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and finally to relate knowledge of English to other languages. The study of social and linguistic structures is imperative for teachers in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages.

Syllabus: Electronic copy of the syllabus

Case Study Instructions: click here for a detailed instructions of the Case Study Analysis

Activation of Wikispace and Ning: Instructions available in the Ning. For more tutorials and guidance click here

Readings: Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language (CEL)
“Popular ideas about language” (p. 1-80)
Linguistics for L2 Teachers
Ch.1– “Some Basic Features of Language and Communication” (p.1-14)

Discussion on Ning: Main thing you took away from the reading and class discussion this week. Use discussion questions from end of the chapter.
Discussion of class topics (Check syllabus for details)

Click here to add your discussion for session 1. Comment on any two topics in the Ning.

Introductions and Responses on the Ning - check due date on the syllabus

**Behind the name** - the etymology and history of first names. Look at the meanings to better understand who we are and the importance of names.

Click here to do the activity. Post your response on the Ning in Session 1 - Introductions

**Name Meanings** - Discover the origin and meaning of your first name. Click here to do the activity - in Session 1 - Introductions

Submit your Reflection Paper #1 by Saturday.

Indicate your case study via email (details on the Ning - download the word document of case study)

Resources and Links:

Sociolinguistics, Language Variation, Accent & Dialect...interesting article
Online Etymology Dictionary
Personalizing Language Learning in Large Classes.
Idioms and Slang
Idioms Game
Color Idioms

Linguistics vs Applied Linguistics

A dying race- two Boston Brahmins converse

Linguistic Discrimination

Check this Disney video to view the stereotyping of people based on dialects and voice