- Ticket Number: 13101
- Class Time and Day: Th 7:00 - 9:45
- Classroom Building and Room Number: JR 301
Students who successfully complete this course will:
have an understanding of the various effects of language contact: properties of lexical and grammatical borrowing, pidgins and creoles and the circumstances that trigger their occurrence;
have an understanding of the manifestations of and factors contributing to language attrition and death;
have an understanding of the ways in which speakers in multilingual speech communities navigate between the languages that they speak
have an understanding of the language planning efforts of multilingual communities that are aimed at controlling which language (variety) is used/taught in which setting.
CAPSTONE course for Liberal Studies Program – Language Diversity
Class sessions will consist of lectures, small group presentations by students, videos and group activities. Lectures will be accompanied by handouts to facilitate note taking. It is very important that you attend every class. Please let me know if circumstances beyond your control prevent you from attending a particular session. Repeated tardiness and absences will affect your grade.
- Active class participation: timely delivery of required paper progress reports and consistent attendance.
- Presentation: Each student will prepare a brief presentation about a subject related to his/her term paper.Presentations will take place in small group
- Tests: there will be a brief midterm and final. The midterm covers lecture notes from the first part of the course. The final addresses material from the second part of the course. Detailed study sheets will be provided.
- All students will be required to write a 10-12 page termpaper. The paper should be tailored to the linguistic background of the student. Carefully review the instructions on how to write your term paper on the WebCT site for this course.
- Participation in discussion on WebCT. You will be required to provide thoughtful responses to a series of discussion questions that are posted in the "discussion forum" on the course site. The discussion questions relate to the material in your reader and due dates for the postings will coincide with the due dates for your reading. Postings will not be accepted late, so keep careful track of the due dates. You are encouraged to respond to the discussion questions posted by other students in the class and may start you own discussion on linguistic topics that are not already initiated in the forum.
Your grade will be determined by your term paper (30%), the midterm and final exam (15% each), presentation (5%), class participation (5%) and discussion postings (30%). The class participation grade will be based on attendance and timely submission of all required materials. Grades for your discussion postings will be assigned throughout the course and can be accessed through WebCT. Do not hesitate to ask for clarification if you are confused about any grade that you may receive during the course.