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Linguistics 480: The Language of Teaching and Learning

This course focuses on spoken English for effective communication in the American classroom. Students explore strategies for engaging non-expert audiences with introductory concepts in their fields, and practice communicating information typical of introductory-level courses.

Linguistics 480 is designed to prepare students for a live Teaching Demonstration Assessment delivered toward fulfillment of The Graduate School’s English Proficiency Requirement. It is offered during the summer quarter in collaboration with expert instructors from the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence.

As with all English Language Programs courses, this is a zero-credit course that does not affect GPA or course load, but does appear on student transcripts.

Eligibility Linguistics 480 is open by departmental nomination only, for international PhD and MFA graduate students who have not yet fulfilled TGS’s English proficiency requirement. Space is limited to 15 students. See the Linguistics 480 Information Sheet for more information on the selection process.

Nomination Process Departments may nominate students for enrollment starting in the spring quarter of the graduate student’s first full academic year.

If you are interested in participating, or would like to nominate a student, please see our Linguistics 480 Information Sheet, or contact Dr. Erin Leddon with any questions.