DIS 516 Applied Linguistics by ipm13571


                              Western Seminary — Portland, Oregon
                                 DIS 516 Applied Linguistics
                                    2 credits, 30 clock hours
                       14-18 June 2008, 9:00–12:00 AM & 12:30–3:30 PM
                               Richard Gardner, Adjunct Professor
                                     E-mail: richard_gardner@tsco.org
                  Office: Milliken Hall, room 307; telephone 503.517.1912 or 800.547.4546
                        Gardner Mobile: 971-226-3996 Gardner Home: 503.643.5724

Course Description
Outlines a practical method for learning another language in the living setting of its own culture.
The course draws on introductory phonetics, general linguistics, and psycholinguistic theory.
(Western Seminary Catalog)

Course Goal
To be able to learn to speak another language, and to feel confident in your ability to do so.

Course Objectives
1. To know basic, universal principles of language and culture.
2. To understand a practical process for language acquisition within a society.
3. To apply the first steps of language learning with a personal tutor.
4. To analyze one’s own English language patterns from linguistic theory.
5. To synthesize a personal program of language learning from available insights.
6. To evaluate language learning tools and their suitability to one’s needs.


Brewster, E. Thomas and Elizabeth S. Brewster. Language Acquisition Made Practical: Field
Methods for Language Learners. Colorado Springs: Lingua House, 1976.

Credit Requirements
• Attend and participate in daily classes and discussions.
• Read in the textbook, gleaning exercises for your personal language-learning strategy.
• Read the papers handed out in class, gleaning insights for your personal culture learning.
• Write daily quizzes covering the main points of the previous day’s lectures.
• Elicit four dialogues and language help from a speaker of another language.
• Write a final examination covering the main points of the week’s reading and discussions.
• Submit an outline of your personal language learning strategy (about ten pages).

Time estimate
In addition to the daily classes, students should set aside about four hours outside of class for
interviewing another language user, reading, reviewing their notes and handouts, and writing a
personal language-learning strategy.

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