Course Description

Designed to help teachers understand concepts and terms related to educating students whose first language is not English, this course discusses how to understand theoretical foundations of linguistics and how to apply the knowledge and skills in linguistics in ELL classrooms and content classrooms.

Learner Outcomes

As a result of this course, participants will demonstrate their ability to:

  • Understand the origins, structure, and development of language and its application to other areas of humanistic and scientific knowledge.
  • Understand the general characteristics of the structure of language, including its phonological sound system, word structure, and phrase and sentence patterns.
  • Identify the terminology used to describe and analyze the structure and systems of language.
  • Identify basic principles of linguistic theory.
  • Consider linguistic diversity a wealth, not a problem.
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Section Title
English Language Learner: Linguistics
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Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (4 units) $390.00
Available for Credit
4 Quarter Credits
Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with Virtual Education Software Inc.

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.

Karen Lea is the course facilitator


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