LING 6106 The Content of Tertiary Level English Language Courses

Pre-requisites: LING 1001, LING 1002, LING 2101, LING 2302 and LING 2402

There has been a worldwide increase in the demand for courses of the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) type. This has been against a background of ‘Use of English’ type courses which sought to have students study and understand the wide range of uses and functions to which English is put as well as societal attitudes towards various types of English. Thrown into the mix within the Caribbean has been the relatively recently introduced Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) Communications Studies examination which fuses both traditions. Further complications have been the introduction of Remedial English courses at the tertiary level for those students deemed to need these and the development of a plethora of ESL schools and programmes, largely catering to teenagers and young professionals at a pre or post stage of tertiary education. What should constitute a tertiary level English Language course is, therefore, a subject of some contention, and variable according to the target group and their background and purposes.

Method of Instruction: 3 weekly seminar hours
Assessment: 100% in-course assessment (One evaluation of an existing tertiary level English Language Course - 30%, production of four in-class activities and assessments for tertiary learners - 40%, and design of a Course for a specified group of tertiary level English Language Learners - 30%)

This course is part of the MA in English Language and the MA in TESOL, and is normally offered in Semester 1.