MDS 360: Introduction to Linguistics (with emphasis on language, culture, and communication)Fall 2007-2008 Professor: Dr. Desire BaloubiOffice: Old Edu, R # 6Phone: 546-8307/546-8254E-mail: email@example.comOffice Hours: Tuesday & Thursday: 9:15 a.m.-- 11: 15 a.m. & MWF: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
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Rationale for the Course:
Most students and professionals need some familiarity with linguistic concepts. Courses in anthropology, business/marketing, communication, composition, education, English/English as a second language (ESL), folklore, foreign languages, international relations, literature/literary criticism, reading, psychology, religion, sociology, and speech-language pathology can be enriched with fundamentals of linguistics or basic background in linguistic theory. That is a valid claim, which Parker and Riley unequivocally support in the following terms: "The common thread among these disciplines is that, in one form or another and at one time or another, they all deal with language. Furthermore, linguistics is the scientific study of LANGUAGE; it answers most of the language-related questions that have always puzzled non-linguists."
Unfortunately, very few colleges and universities offer courses in linguistics. It turns out that even educational institutions that offer such courses do not require them of all students. Shaw University will make a difference by breaking away from that tradition. Our university will certainly attract more students, including specialists, if it singles itself out by supporting the teaching and learning of a discipline to which Noam Chomsky, a world-known American linguist, has made invaluable contributions.
Course Description and objectives:
In the end of the preface to Linguistic Anthropology, Alessandro Duranti writes: "In the meantime, I have also developed something new: a commitment to understanding language as the voice, tool, and foundation for any human experience." This course will articulate and implement a similar commitment so that all participating students and professionals may eventually familiarize themselves with key concepts in the following areas of applied linguistics and linguistic theory:
Specialty Area Standards:
To enhance the learning atmosphere of the classroom, students are expected to dress and behave in a fashion conducive to learning in the classroom. More specifically, students will refrain from disruptive classroom behavior, that is, talking to classmates, disrespectful responses to teacher instructions; swearing; wearing clothes that impede academic learning such as but not limited to wearing body-revealing clothing and excessively baggy pants; hats/caps; and/or headdress. Students will turn off telephones prior to entering the classroom. Students who exhibit the behaviors described above, or similar behaviors, will be immediately dismissed from class at the third documented offense. The student will be readmitted to class only following a decision by the department chair. The student may appeal the decision of the department chair to the Dean of the College offering the course, and, subsequently, to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and then to the President of Shaw University. The decision of the President will be final. Failure to follow the procedures herein outlined will result in termination of the appeal, and revert to the decision of the department chair.
Each behavior construed by the teacher/professor as noncontributive to learning will be recorded, properly documented, and appropriately reported to the student and to the chair of the academic department offering the course. The report will be in written form with a copy provided to both the student and the department chair. The faculty member should retain a copy for his/her own records.
Additional student behavior codes may be found in Student Affairs.
Achievement in this course will be assessed on the basis of the following:
A. Language, Culture, and Communication (LCC)
B. Explorations in the Ethnography of Speaking (EES)
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