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Linguistics/TESL Department

Courses for Summer 2014

  • Session 2: May 27 to July 8
  • LING 417. Language Development and Acquisition
  • LING 525. English Structures for ESL/EFL Teaching

New Courses for Spring 2014

  • LING 411. Historical Linguistics
  • LING 500. Seminar in Phonetics

General Education Courses for Spring 2014

  • LING 200. (How) Language Matters
  • LING 250. Language(s) in California
  • LING 310. Language and the Law
  • LING 325. Language, Gender, and Identity

Courses Back by Popular Demand for Spring 2014

  • LING 402. Phonetics and Phonology
  • LING 404. Syntax
  • LING 417. Language Development and Acquisition
  • LING 441. Sociolinguistics
  • LING 515. Survey of Applied Linguistics
  • LING 520. Issues in ESL Reading and Writing
  • LING 525. English Structures for ESL/EFL Teaching
  • LING 555. TESL Classroom Practices (Practicum)
  • LING 566. Research Methods for Linguistics
  • LING 610. Seminar in Syntax

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Welcome to the homepage of the Linguistics/TESL Department at California State University, Northridge, an interdisciplinary department in the College of Humanities. We draw our teaching and advisory faculty from the ranks of linguistically-trained full-time faculty housed in several campus departments along with part-time faculty who have expertise in specific areas of linguistics. The Linguistics/TESL Department offers a major in linguistics and minors in linguistics and TESL at the bachelor's level and a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). We also offer an M.A. in Linguistics and an M.A. in TESL.

Linguistics/TESL Department
Sierra Tower (ST) 805
Northridge, CA 91330-8415
(818) 677-5019
California State University, Northridge

Department Chair:
Dr. Evelyn McClave

Office hours vary by semester.


Undergraduate: The College of Humanities (COH) Student Services Center/EOP reviews students' progress to ensure that the requirements of a major or minor in Linguistics/TESL are fulfilled. Call (818) 677-4784 or (818) 677-4767 to schedule an appointment with the COH Student Services Center/EOP.

Graduate: Please contact Dr. Tineke Scholten at christina.m.scholten@csun.edu for an appointment.


Congratulations to Dr. Anna Joaquin on the publication of her book Enculturation Processes in Primary Language Acquisition and co-edited volume Exploring the Interactional Instinct!

Christian Leu will be presenting at the CATESOL Conference in October.

Amanda McArthur has had a paper accepted for the International Conference on Conversation Analysis.

Congratulations to Rebecca Andrade (M.A. in TESL), who has been selected as Volunteer of the Year at MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity) in Pacoima. She has been teaching ESL classes there to adults.