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Second Language Studies (SLS)

College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature

Courses below 408 are not applicable toward the MA in Second Language Studies.
The minimum grade required for undergraduate prerequisites is C (not C-), and the minimum for graduate prerequisites is B (not B-).

SLS 150 Learning Languages and Communicating in a Globalized World (3) Lecture/discussion on strategies for enhancing second language learning in the context of a pluricultural-multilingual globalized world; addresses personal identity as influenced by languages; studies language-related employment, international mobility, and cross-cultural relationships. DS

SLS 280 Bilingualism: Cognition and Culture (3) Introduction to bi-/mutilingualism as a phenomenon at the level of society and as a characteristic of individual speakers; discussion of recent media reports and popular myths about bilingualism in relation to research-based evidence. DS

SLS 302 Second Language Learning (3) Theoretical foundations for the learning and teaching of second/foreign languages. Includes an emphasis on instruction in writing. Pre: upper division standing.

SLS 303 Second Language Teaching (3) Survey of methodology; basic concepts and practices. Pre: 302 (or concurrent).

SLS 312 Techniques in Second Language Teaching: Reading and Writing (3) Methods and materials. Issues in teaching; survey of available materials and practice in their adaptation. Pre: 302 (or concurrent).

SLS 313 Techniques in Second Language Teaching: Listening and Speaking (3) Methods and materials. Issues in teaching; survey of available materials and practice in their adaptation. Includes an emphasis on instruction and feedback in oral communication. Pre: 302 (or concurrent).

SLS 408 Bilingual Education (3) Survey and analysis of current thinking and practices in bilingual/bicultural education; special emphasis on ESL/EFL. Includes an emphasis on instruction in writing. Pre: 302 (or concurrent) or 600 (or concurrent); or consent. DS

SLS 418 Instructional Media (3) Theoretical foundation and practical applications of using electronic and audiovisual media in second language teaching. Pre: 303 (with minimum grade of C), or 600 (with minimum grade of B or concurrent); or consent.

SLS 430 Pidgin and Creole English in Hawai‘i (3) Major historical descriptive, pedagogical aspects; pidgin and creole languages, linguistic change, language variation. Work with actual language data. Laboratory work required. Pre: 302 (or concurrent), or LING 102, or 600 (or concurrent); or consent. DS

SLS 441 Language Concepts for Second Language Learning and Teaching (3) Language analysis—phonology, syntax, semantics, discourse for teaching second languages. Pre: one of 302 (or concurrent), LING 102, LING 320, or 600 (or concurrent); or consent.

SLS 460 English Phonology (3) Basic course in English phonetics and phonology; emphasis on areas of interest to language teachers. Pre: 302 (or concurrent) or 600 (or concurrent). DH

SLS 480 (Alpha) Topics in Second Language Studies (3) Variable topics in special areas of second language studies: (E) second language learning; (N) second language analysis; (P) second language pedagogy; (R) second language research; (U) second language use. Repeatable three times in different topics. Pre: 302 (or concurrent) for (E), (N), (R), (U); 303 (or concurrent) for (P). Not applicable toward graduate degrees offered within SLS.

SLS 485 Professionalism in SLS (3) Capstone for SLS majors. Reflection on experiences via the major, articulation of professional values, exploration of diverse approaches to professionalism in SLS, and formal compilation of a professional portfolio. SLS majors only. Senior standing or higher. A-F only. Pre: 302 and 303.

SLS 490 Second Language Testing (3) Measurement and evaluation of achievement and proficiency in second language learning. Pre: 302 (or concurrent), 441, LING 102, or 600 (or concurrent).

SLS 499 Directed Reading/Research (V) For interdisciplinary studies majors. Pre: a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 or a minimum GPA of 3.0 in major, or consent of department chair. Repeatable unlimited times.

SLS 600 Introduction to Second Language Studies (3) Introduction to basic professional and research issues in second language studies; integration of theory, research, and practice for prospective second or foreign language teachers and researchers. Pre: graduate standing or consent.

SLS 610 Introduction to Teaching Second Languages (3) Survey and analysis of second language teaching traditions and perspectives. Pre: graduate standing or consent.

SLS 612 Alternative Approaches to Second Language Teaching (3) Examination, comparison with conventional approaches; interpersonal relationships in language teaching. Pre: consent.

SLS 613 Second Language Listening and Speaking (3) Key issues; overview and critique of published materials; practice in developing syllabi and other materials. Pre: consent.

SLS 614 Second Language Writing (3) Problems in teaching second language composition. Survey materials; use, modification, and development. Error analysis. Pre: consent.

SLS 618 Language and Learning Technologies (3) A wide range of emerging technologies for language learning and research will be explored. Online/face-to-face discussions and hands-on experiential learning are integrated with learner’s goals, best practices, and theoretical foundations. Pre: consent. (Once a year)

SLS 620 Second Language Reading (3) Survey of research in reading process; teaching methodology; psycholinguistic investigations; comparison of reading in first and second languages. Pre: consent.

SLS 630 Second Language Program Development (3) Designing, implementing, and evaluating language programs; systems-based approach to program and curriculum development. Pre: consent.

SLS 640 English Grammar (3) Descriptive English grammar in relation to second language learning and teaching.

SLS 642 Comparative Grammar and Second Languages (3) Comparative study of two or more languages. Consideration of language transfer in second language learning, role of typological features. Pre: consent.

SLS 650 Second Language Acquisition (3) Survey of theories and research on second language learning by children and adults, learning naturalistically and in formal settings. Relationships are explored between SLA research and language teaching. Pre: 441 (or concurrent) or consent.

SLS 660 Sociolinguistics and Second Languages (3) Theoretical and applied aspects of language, culture, and society, and research methods in sociolinguistics, as they relate to second and foreign language issues. Pre: consent.

SLS 670 Second Language Quantitative Research (3) Quantitative research methods; design of research studies; techniques in collecting data; statistical inference; and analysis and interpretation of data. Pre: 490 and graduate standing; or consent.

SLS 671 Research in Language Testing (3) Advanced issues in language testing research including recent developments in the following areas: language testing hypotheses, item analysis, reliability, dependability, and validity. Pre: 490 or consent.

SLS 672 Second Language Classroom Research (3) Survey of research on second language classrooms and analysis of methodological issues. Pre: consent.

SLS 673 Applied Psycholinguistics and Second Language Acquisition (3) Theory and research in psycholinguistics as related to second language perception, production, acquisition, and instruction. Pre: 441 or LING 422, or consent.

SLS 674 Survey Research Methods in Second Language Studies (3) Hands-on experience in language survey research including planning and creating survey instruments (both interviews and questionnaires), administering, compiling and analyzing survey data (quantitatively and qualitatively), and reporting the results. Pre: consent. (Once a year)

SLS 675 Second Language Qualitative Research (3) Philosophical and theoretical approaches, methodology, and ethics in second language qualitative research. Pre: 660 (or concurrent) or consent.

SLS 676 Interpretive Qualitative Inquiry (3) Explores a range of qualitative inquiry methods and theories. Through a project-based approach, students will develop and carry out inquiry relevant to their own interests, immediate learning/teaching needs, and long term professional goals. Pre: 660 (or concurrent) or consent.

SLS 678 Discourse Analysis in Second Language Research (3) Survey of approaches to discourse; microanalytic qualitative research; theory and methodology. Pre: 660 or consent.

SLS 680 (Alpha) Topics in Second Language Studies (3) Variable topics in special areas of second language studies: (E) second language learning; (N) second language analysis; (P) second language pedagogy; (R) second language research methodology; (U) second language use. Repeatable one time for different alphas. Pre: 650 for (E); consent for (N) and (P); 670 or 675 or 678, or consent for (R); 660 for (U).

SLS 690 ESL Teaching Practicum (3) Student teaching in ESL classroom. Pre: advancement to candidacy and consent.

SLS 695 Master’s Plan B/C Studies (1) Enrollment for degree completion. Repeatable unlimited times, but credit earned one time only. CR/NC only. Pre: master's Plan B or C candidate and consent.

SLS 699 Directed Reading/Research (V) Individual reading in various fields of ESL. CR/NC only. Repeatable unlimited times. Pre: consent of graduate chair and instructor.

SLS 700 Thesis Research (V) Individual reading in various fields of ESL. Repeatable unlimited times. CR/NC only. Pre: consent of graduate chair and instructor.

SLS 730 Seminar in Second Language Education (3) Current issues and problems. Repeatable unlimited times. Pre: advancement to candidacy or consent.

SLS 750 Seminar in Second Language Acquisition (3) Issues in theory and research in second language acquisition of child and adult. Repeatable unlimited times. Pre: consent.

SLS 760 Seminar in Second Language Use (3) Second language/dialect use in multilingual communities. Repeatable unlimited times. Pre: consent.

SLS 775 Seminar in Second Language Qualitative Research (3) Qualitative research in second language and multilingual contexts. Repeatable unlimited times. Pre: consent.

SLS 799 Apprenticeship in Teaching (V) An experienced-based introduction to college-level teaching; graduate students serve as student teachers to professors; responsibilities include supervised teaching, and participation in planning and evaluation. Repeatable unlimited times. CR/NC only. Pre: graduate standing and consent.

SLS 800 Dissertation Research (V) Repeatable eight times, up to 12 credits. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only.