ED 815 (003):
Dr. Santoi Wagner
Office location and phone: 469 Ritter Hall (phone tba)
Office hours: Mon 2-4pm, and by appointment
Class (section 003) meets MWF 11am-11.50am, Ritter Hall 106
The purpose of this course is to use scientific methods to challenge common
myths and beliefs about language and to help students gain a better understanding of how language
works as human behavior. The main objectives of the course are to help students: (1) expand their
knowledge about diversity of the world languages, bi- and multilingualism, and language structure,
learning, and use; (2) develop their ability to collect, analyze, and interpret language data using a
variety of approaches and methodologies; (3) reflect critically on language issues and learn to apply
their knowledge in real-world contexts, making informed decisions about language and education
policies, and intercultural communication in the workplace. In addition, students completing this
course will demonstrate enhanced information literacy skills in locating, accessing, evaluating, and
using information of various kinds, including both primary and secondary sources, scholarly and
popular sources, and in documenting sources used to fashion their arguments.
Yule, G. (2010).
The study of language
Ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
ISBN-10: 0521749220, ISBN-13: 978-0521749220. [referred to as “Yule”]
MacNeil, R., & Cran, W. (2005).
Do you speak American
? New York: Harcourt. ISBN-10:
0156032880, ISBN-13: 978-0156032889. [referred to as “DYSA”]
Additional assigned readings will be posted on Blackboard or on E-Reserve.
Course expectations and policies
All participants in this course will show mutual respect for one another and for course
instructors and guest speakers at all times. Students are expected to arrive to class on time,
prepared to participate actively in class discussions and activities, and to share the
responsibilities of collaborative projects.
All assignments must be turned in on the date they are due unless I give permission
the due date for a late submission. Do not wait until after the due date. Please do not ask for
an extension unless there is an extreme situation. When an extension has not been granted,
grades on assignments will be lowered because of lateness (one grade for each day late, e.g.,
B to B-).
It is important that you let me know if you have questions about the concepts and
assignments being discussed. Please come and see me in office hours with questions if