Core Curriculum (10 courses, 30 credits – 60 ECTS)
The core courses balance a strong research-based foundation in Applied Linguistics with TESOL courses in order to assist novice and experienced teachers in developing their skills in the teaching and assessment of English Language learners from different cultural backgrounds.
Introduction to Applied Linguistics (AL01) is an introductory course designed to provide students with an overview of the field of Applied Linguistics, its history, branches and scope. It offers the basis from which to pursue studies in various sub-fields such as language teaching and language testing. A current review of the state of the art is linked to the core purpose of resolving serious language based problems in society and how these insights enhance language use and language learning outcomes revealing the interdisciplinary nature of the field. Credits: 3, Prerequisites: none
This course introduces students to the basic theories, concepts, and issues in general sociolinguistics. It gives students an understanding of the interaction between language and a variety of social factors, including gender, class, ethnicity, cultural norms, and political orientation. Students also learn about dialectal and stylistic variation, and how such variation affects language attitudes, social stereotypes, and language change over time. Finally, applications of sociolinguistic research to professional contexts, especially language education, are also discussed. Code: AL04, Credits: 3, Prerequisites: AL01: Introduction to Applied Linguistics
This course introduces the student to approaches to the analysis of discourse analysis and suggests practical applications to language teaching. The course is divided into two parts. The first part deals with written discourse. The second part focuses on spoken discourse and with particular emphasis on classroom language. Credits: 3, Prerequisites: AL01: Introduction to Applied Linguistics
Provides an overview of research methods in Applied Linguistics. The course explores key issues in designing and implementing research projects, as well as analyzing results. Topics covered include data collection techniques, such as ethnographic observation, survey and interview design, as well as qualitative and quantitative data analysis. The course also facilitates comprehension of published research articles in the field and prepares students to make their own research contributions. Credits: 3, Prerequisites: AL02: Language and Communication
This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of theories, approaches and methods in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), both from a historical and contemporary perspective. It addresses issues related to the respective roles of the teacher and learner, course design and materials, and the use of technology in teaching and learning. Credits: 3, Prerequisites: AL01: Introduction to Applied Linguistics
Second Language Acquisition explores how second languages are learned and focuses on the relationship between teaching methods and second language acquisition theory. The course examines how learners create a new language system, what is learned of a second language, and what is not learned. It also covers the nature of learner hypotheses (conscious and unconscious) regarding the rules of the second language and why some learners are more successful than others. Credits: 3, Prerequisites: AL01: Introduction to Applied Linguistics
This course focuses on the teaching and researching of Reading and Writing of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). It examines the processes involved in reading and writing and the sub-skills required to master different levels of communicative competence. It looks at methods for designing reading and writing courses, selecting curricular materials and planning instruction. It also explores the essential role of systematic vocabulary development in L2 literacy, and includes practical methods for assessing L2 students’ proficiency, achievement, and progress in the classroom. Credits: 3, Prerequisites: AL01: Introduction to Applied Linguistics
This course examines the teaching and researching of listening and speaking and their sub-skills for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Students on the course are introduced to the theoretical background to these skills and relate this knowledge to its practical application in the classroom. They compare native and non-native oral production and reception, and investigate research into the sub-skills involved, including the field of phonetics and phonology. They explore how language teachers can more effectively teach these sub-skills to L2 students and demonstrate their understanding through short presentations and a written assignment. Credits: 3, Prerequisites: AL01: Introduction to Applied Linguistics
This course is designed for candidates to engage in teaching, observation and reflection in order to broaden their teaching experience. Candidates begin the practicum by first observing experienced cooperating teachers of English Language Learners, and participate in post-lesson discussions. Candidates then teach their own classes which are observed by the cooperating teacher. The cooperating teacher helps the candidate to prepare these lessons and provides constructive feedback in post-lesson discussions. At a later stage in the practicum, both the coordinator of the practicum and the University supervisor will observe the candidate, provide feedback and a summative assessment of the candidate’s performance. A major component of the practicum is the development of strong reflective teaching practices. Both the coordinator of the practicum and the cooperating teacher provide feedback, which helps candidates evaluate their own practice as an ongoing part of their professional development. Candidates create a portfolio during their practicum, which includes detailed lesson plans, samples of teaching materials, students’ work and assessment tasks. They are also expected to write their reflections on the lessons they conducted, and responses to post-lesson discussions. Credits: 3, Prerequisites: AL01: Introduction to Applied Linguistics
*Those who have already completed a Practicum, may choose one of the following instead
In this practical and interactive course, students will examine the growing field of teaching English for Specific Purposes (ESP). They will learn how to design an ESP course and how to apply principles and practice of teaching ESP in various contexts related to the workplace. Participants will be expected to cooperate in groups and get involved in project work. Credits: 3, Prerequisites: AL01: Introduction to Applied Linguistics
This course focuses on the importance of culture in education as well as in everyday life, and the ways in which culture interrelates with and affects communication. Further, it focuses on a discourse approach aiming to address and examine confusion in goals or in interpreting the main points of another person's speech caused by the fact that each side uses different principles of discourse to organize the way they speak. The course addresses the individual in the moment of taking social action with other people focusing on the various discursive resources available. The course helps learners communicate making sense of the world’s cultural, linguistic, ethnic and social diversity and through a variety of communication encounters helps them become more conscious of many of the actions and attitudes of the target language community. Credits: 3, Prerequisites: AL01: Introduction to Applied Linguistics
This course focuses on the processes involved in in the assessment and teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in different contexts, including the teaching of English Learners (ELs) in the US state school system. It raises awareness of the relationship between language proficiency and use of English in social, academic and occupational contexts. It provides insights into the use of specific tools for producing, interpreting and reporting reliable and valid data to promote effective teaching and assessment. The course highlights the positive relationship between instruction and assessment. Credits: 3, Prerequisites: AL01: Introduction to Applied Linguistics
Elective Seminars (2 courses, 6 credits – 12 ECTS)
Elective Seminars provide opportunities for students to pursue their interests in TESOL or Applied Linguistics. The list of Elective Seminars may change every year, depending on staff availability.
The course is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the philosophy and practice of the Hellenic American University Writing Center. Throughout the course, students will be exposed to current tutoring practices and models as well as guidelines, techniques and tutoring activities, both onsite and online, that will assist you in dealing effectively with the challenging and rewarding experience of working at a Writing Center. An additional aim of the course is to help students develop your own tutoring skills and strategies and deepen your knowledge about the role of the Writing Center within a university. Each student will be mentored by Writing Center tutors who will observe them tutoring and act as a sounding board for your concerns. Credits: 3, Prerequisites: AL01: Introduction to Applied Linguistics
This course will examine the characteristics of learning disabilities, emphasizing language and processing deficits and how they interfere with academic achievement and social relationships. The student will examine assessment and intervention approaches for students with learning disabilities as well as historical and cultural frameworks of the LD community. The course will have an applied element to it, as student will be encouraged to collect their own data and share with the class in order to develop a deeper understanding of the actual nature of LD and interventions needed. Credits: 3, Prerequisites: AL01: Introduction to Applied Linguistics
Critical discourse analysis discusses the connection between language, power and ideology. The course seeks to discuss theories, techniques and methods which better realize and interpret this connection. It also describes the practices and conventions in texts (written and oral) which carry political and/or ideological weight. The course focuses on the understanding that meaning is generally communicated not only through language but also through other semiotic modes. Credits: 3, Prerequisites: none
Thesis (3 credits – 6 ECTS)
At the end of the taught part of the course, students will be required to write a 12,000-word dissertation on a topic that will be agreed upon with their supervisor. Advice and guidance is given in formulating and refining the research topic, conducting research, analysing data, literature review, and documentation of sources. The dissertation offers students the opportunity to carry out independent research in an area of their interest and to apply the knowledge and the skills they have acquired to the investigation of a particular issue or problem.