Department of Curriculum and Instruction Syllabus for EME 571/771




Department of Curriculum and Instruction Syllabus for EME 571/771, Linguistics in the Curriculum Credit hours: 3

Course Description

: Prerequisites: ELE or EMG 445 or EME 873 or ELE 871. Investigation of elements in the science of linguistics and their application to communication skills of students. Credit will not be awarded for both 751 and 551. 3.


Freeman, David & Yvonne S. Freeman. Essential Linguistics: What You Need to Know to Teach Reading, ESL, Spelling, Phonics, and Grammar. 2005. Heinemann.


Course Objectives:


Compose a definition of language after examining outstanding educators=and linguists= definitions. NTS 8.1; ETS 2.2 and 2.3. 2.

Evaluate the accuracy of popular misconceptions of language from a linguistic 3.


viewpoint. NTS 8.2; ETS 2.7 Discuss historical changes in oral and written language structures. NTS 8.1; ETS 2.1 and 2.2 5.

Identify a minimum of four related fields of study which have contributed to 5. 6.

linguistic research. NTS 8.1 and 8.5; ETS 2.1 and 2.9 Construct a personal dictionary of linguistic terms introduced in this course and use appropriately in all assignments. NTS 8.1; ETS 2.2 6. Locate reference materials needed for outside reading assignments and develop own bibliography. NTS 8 and 9; ETS 2 and 10 7. Present own ideas effectively a class in oral and written language forms throughout semester. NTS 6.8, and 9; ETS 1.4,2,8 and 10 8. Demonstrate an understanding of his language as a form of communication by analyzing his own oral and written communications. NTS 5 and 9; ETS 1.4,7, and 10 9. Define purposes for studying the area of linguistics as a lifelong pursuit. NTS 5 and 7.2; ETS 7 and 9. 10. Identify major theories of language acquistion and development. NTS 8.1; ETS 2.2, 2.4, 3.5 and 3.6 11. Define the role of oral language in the development of grammar, reading, and writing. NTS 8; ETS 2, 3.5 and 3.6 12. Contrast the viewpoints held by proponents of cultural deprivation and cultural differences/variations theories. NTS 8.3; ETS 2.2 and 2.8 13. Identify approaches presently used in the public schools for nonstandard dialect speakers. NTS 1.6, 2.3, 4.2, 6.5, 8.3; ETS 2.8, 3.5, 4.3, 6.2, 8.6

14. Adapt instructional techniques to the needs of students with divergent socioeconomic, cultural and linguistic backgrounds. NTS 1.6, 2.3, 4.2, 6.5, 6.6, 8.3; ETS 2.8, 3.5, 4.2, 6.2, 8.6 15. Discuss the contributions made to the teaching of language arts in linguists. NTS 3.2, 8.1; ETS 2.3 and 5.10 16. Examine language arts instructional and assessment materials and identify influences of linguistic research. NTS 1.3, 1.8, 1.9, 8.2, 8.5 and 9; ETS 2.3, 2.6, 3.3, 3.8-9 and 10 17. Understanding the importance of informing members of the community regarding the language arts program. NTS 6.5; ETS 1.1, 6.6, 8.5 and 8.7 18. Discuss the need for continual linguistic research and informing the public of relative findings. NTS 8.2, 8.5; ETS 1.1, 2.5



All course requirements must be completed in standard English and submitted on time. Work submitted after the deadline will receive a 10% penalty. Exception: No work will be accepted after the final class meeting. Plagiarized work (that copied from another source or another student) will receive a failing grade. No work used to meet the requirements for another course may be used in this course. Eastern Kentucky University has officially established expectations for class preparation, and these expectations are available in the EKU Student Handbook. EME 551/751 adheres to this policy. Students are expected to come to class prepared, having completed all readings and course assignments as specified in the CLASS SCHEDULE for the current semester. Evaluation Methods 1.





Critiques (Undergraduates) 20% Critiques and Project (Graduates) 20% Portfolio Examinations *Participation/Attendance 10% 10% 60% 80 points 80 points 40 points 240 points 40 points Grading Scale A = 92 - 100% B = 84 - 91.9% C = 76 - 83.9% D = 68 - 75.9% F = Below 68% (368 - 400 points) (336 - 367 points) (305 - 335 points) (272 - 303 points) (Below 272 points)

In order to maintain the grade earned on undergraduate/graduate components, graduate students must earn an equivalent or higher grade on the additional graduate requirements. KIRIS CRITERIA FOR ASSESSMENT DISTINGUISHED -Exemplary work demonstrating evidence of originality, organization, reflection and thoroughness in the development, editing, revising, and presentation of work. PROFICIENT- Work meets all requirements on assignment rubric satisfactorily demonstrating evidence of careful preparation and thorough completion. APPRENTICE- Work partially meets rubric requirements and demonstrates a need for further study, development, and organization. NOVICE- The course requirements are not met as demonstrated by the required number of critiques not completed or not turned in on due date, failure on work completed, and/or lack of participation and interest.



Student Progress:

Students will receive several grades (especially on Critiques and Class Participation/Attendance) before the last day to drop the course.

Attendance Policy:

Absences equating 20% of class meetings will result in automatic failure. Class sessions missed as a result of late entry will be counted as absences. Students who attend class regularly and participate in class activities will be rewarded with points. Each unexcused absence will drop the total possible points as follows: a.


½ = 26 1 = 32 1 ½ = 18 2 = 24 2 ½ = 20 8.

The student is responsible for presenting adequate reason for absence to the instructor in order to be given opportunity to make up missed work. (Adequate reasons include personal illness, death or serious illness in the immediate family, or participation in an approved university activity.) Last day to drop course or to withdraw from the University are included in the class schedule book.


Disability Statement: If you are registered with the Office of Services for Individuals with Disabilities, please make an appointment with the course instructor to discuss any academic accommodations you need. If you need academic accommodations and are not registered with the Office of Services for Individuals with Disabilities, please contact the Office on the third floor of the Student Services Building, by email at [email protected]

or by telephone at (859)622-2933 V/TDD. Upon individual request, this syllabus can be made available in alternative forms. 10.

Academic Integrity Statement: Students are advised that EKU’s Academic Integrity policy will strictly be enforced in this course. The Academic Integrity policy is available at

. Questions regarding the policy may be directed to the Office of Academic Integrity. 11.

Course Requirements:

Course Requirements for EME 551 students Active participation in general class discussion Written assignments Summary and critique of articles selected by the student on assigned major course topics Discussion of outside readings in collaborative groups Examination and evaluation of Instructional materials Assessment techniques Sources of linguistic information Organization of a course portfolio containing all class notes, course handouts, 1.

completed assignments, personal dictionary of linguistic terms, and bibliography. Examinations - Mid-term and Final Course Requirements for EME 751 students Graduate students must complete all of the above requirements for undergraduates enrolled in EME 551. In addition, graduate students must complete the following requirements: a.




Identification of an independent study project to pursue subject to the instructor[s approval which involves: Selection of a particular area of linguistic research in which to pursue outside readings during this course. Preparation of an annotated bibliography, term paper, or materials collection based on these research findings. Share orally with the class the implications of linguistic research for the particular area selected.



Demonstration of materials and approaches the student has observed and/or utilized in language arts which are based on linguistic research. Critique of book(s) selected by the student with instructor's approval on one current issue


Course Outline:


Language b.



Definitions Misconceptions History and Structures e.





Linguistics as a field of study Language Acquisition Theories Relation between child's language and thought Developmental language patterns of children j.



Cultural patterns and oral language Multicultural Education Dialects (Black English, Appalachian) m.

Standard English vs. Nonstandard Usage n.

Bilingualism o.





Implications of linguistic research for the elementary curriculum Oral Expression Nonverbal Communication Writing as a Process Grammar-Traditional, Structural, Transformational, Generative, Stratificational t.


Spelling Reading Community Involvement in Language Arts Programs Team teaching with other professionals Teachers' roles in site-based management Official E-mail: An official EKU e-mail is established for each registered student, faculty, and staff member. All university communications sent via e-mail will be sent to this EKU e-mail address. Course P/N Course Title EME 551/751, Linguistics in the Curriculum


College of Education Conceptual Framework

K- Basic Knowledge, A- Application, PA- Portfolio Artifact, KA 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6- Key Assessments CF1 CF2 CF3 CF4 CF5 K, A K, A - - K, A

Kentucky Teacher Standards – Advanced

K- Basic Knowledge, A- Application, PA- Portfolio Artifact, KA 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6- Key Assessments TS1 TS2 K, A, TS6 TS7 TS8 TS9 TS10 K TS3 K, A, TS4 K, A, TS5 K, A, - K, A K - - PA PA PA PA

EKU Goals

EKU-G1 - EKU–G2 - EKU-G3 X EKU-G4 - EKU-G5 -

KERA Initiatives

Identify the initiative number(s) for each category Learner Program of Program of Goals/Academic Expectations Studies: Understandings Studies: Skills & Concepts NA NA NA Core Content NA

EPSB Themes

K- Basic Knowledge, A- Application, PA- Portfolio Artifact, KA 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6- Key Assessments Code of COURSES Diversity Technology Literacy Leadership Ethics EME 551/771 K, A - K, A, PA K -