LANG-300 Introduction to Applied Language Studies

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the field of applied language studies, often referred to as applied linguistics. In particular, this course is an introduction to the study of language as applied to real-world problems in specific situations in which people use and learn languages, e.g., language learning and teaching, intercultural communication, bilingualism and multilingualism, language policy and planning, language, power, and politics to name a few. The course explores such questions as how do people acquire a language that is not their own and how does this affect their social and cultural identity? What is the role of computer-assisted language learning in the language classroom? How are the issues of bilingual and multilingual education addressed at both the educational and political level. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and completion of language study through the 202 level or equivalent placement. 4 SH.