Introduction to

Many international students are coming to the U.S. and other English-speaking countries in order to study in the field of TESL--Teaching English as a Second Language.  Students, especially international students, who enter a graduate TESL program without having had a linguistics background find themselves at a disadvantage as they begin their classes.  Often before having been taught linguistics terminology via an introduction to linguistics course, they encounter linguistics terms in journal article reading assignments and in lectures given for their other classes.  International students, already challenged by the advanced academic vocabulary present in journal articles and lectures, don’t need the added difficulty of unfamiliarity with these linguistics terms.   This unit is designed to enable these students to acquire an introductory understanding of key linguistics terms before they’re likely to need to know them during their early TESL study.  While its primary target audience is non-native speakers of English, native-English-speaking students entering a graduate TESL program without a linguistics background could also greatly benefit from studying it, as they, too, will encounter the terms early in their study, often before the terms have been thoroughly introduced in their introduction to linguistics course.

On students’ completion of the unit, our objective should have been accomplished: As students encounter the linguistics terms covered in the unit in journal readings or other contexts, they will be able to understand their meaning in that context.


Students' guide

Teachers' guide