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Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

Undergraduate Major in Applied Linguistics: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

For students who matriculated at Queens College in Fall 2012 or later

This program prepares students for an Initial Certificate to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in New York State public schools (all grades).  The curriculum is grounded in the study of the structure of human language in general and English in particular, and addresses issues of language acquisition, literacy, educational technology, sociolinguistics, and psycholinguistics.  The program emphasizes involvement with both elementary and secondary schools: it pro­vides a student teaching course and field experiences in two methods courses at both levels.

In order to qualify for an Initial Certificate in ESOL, students must undertake the following course work: (1) the general Queens College degree requirements (see  Academic Advising Center); (2) Course Work in Liberal Arts (see below); (3) Requirements for the Major (see below).

Course Work in Liberal Arts

  • The following two courses in American History: HIST 103 and 104
  • 12 credits of study in a foreign language (includes American Sign Language)

Part or all of the above course work may be satisfied by study toward the general Queens College degree requirements.

Requirements for the Major

  • Satisfactory completion of the following 62 credits:  LCD 101, 102, 116,120, 130, 205, 206, 220, 240, 241, 307, 312, 340, 341, 342, SEYS 201W, 221; EECE 310; ECPSE 350.
  • No course will count toward the major with a grade lower than C-.
  • Passing the English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) of the LCD department prior to taking LCD 240.  Proficiency is evaluated by the faculty based on a short written narrative and a taped interview with a faculty member.  The ELPT should be taken in the same semester as LCD 101.
  • Satisfying New York State certification requirements; see departmental advisor for details.


  • Students must call or visit the LCD office to arrange an advisement session with a departmental advisor.  This should be done as early as possible, but no later than the first Fall semester of study in the major.
  • In the first Fall semester of study in the major, students must take the following courses (if not taken previously): LCD 101, 102, 116, 120, and 130. 
  • By the end of the first Fall semester of study in the major, students should have completed  as many of SEYS 201W, 221, and EECE 310 as possible.
  • Subsequent course sequencing will be established at the advisement session.

Course Descriptions

LCD 101.  Introduction to Language. 3 hr.; 3 cr. A survey of the study of language: Structure, language and society, first and second language acquisition, and other related topics.

LCD 102.  Analyzing Language. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Developing and evaluating hypotheses about linguistic data drawn from a variety of languages in the areas of sound structure (phonology), word structure (morphology), and sentence structure (syntax).

LCD 116. The Structure of English Words. 3 hr.; 3 cr. The structure of English vocabulary; how words are formed; rules for determining the meaning, spelling, and pronunciation of English words.

LCD 120. Understanding English Grammar. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Introduction to the salient characteristics and major patterns of words, phrases, and sentences in English.

LCD 130. The Sound Structure of English. 3 hr.; 3 cr. The study of the articulation and patterning of sounds in English, with implications for TESOL.

LCD 205. Sociolinguistics. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LCD 101 or 104 or 105. Introduction to the study of the relationship between language and society. Socio-cultural factors which influence language form, use, and history.

LCD 206. Bilingualism. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LCD 101 or 105. Psychological, social, and educational aspects of bilingualism. There are several writing assignments in this course.

LCD 220. Advanced English Syntax. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LCD 101 and 120. Developing a theoretical framework for the analysis of simple and complex sentences in English.

LCD 240. Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LCD 101 and satisfactory performance on the department’s English Language Proficiency Test. The application of linguistic science to teaching in language-related areas. Includes a survey of research in the linguistic, psychological, and sociolinguistic aspects of second language acquisition. There is a substantial writing commitment in this course.

LCD 241. Methods and Materials of TESOL:  Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing. 3 hr. plus 50 hr. of fieldwork; 4 cr. Prereq.:  LCD 101, 120, and 130; prereq. or co-req.: LCD 240; SEYS 201W, 221; ECPSE 350; and EECE 310. This course is an introduction to the methods and materials used in TESOL/ESL courses. We will focus on applying these methods to the teaching of the four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The class covers how to adapt methods and materials to suit learner populations of different ages and at varying levels of English proficiency. The role of instructional technology (e.g. audiovisual, multimedia, computers in ESL instruction) will also be addressed. There is a field experience requirement in a variety of school settings in conformity with New York State Certification requirements.  Classes may sometimes be held at these locations.

LCD 307. Assessment in TESOL. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Coreq./Prereq.: LCD 340. An introduction to the field of language assessment, with particular emphasis on TESOL. Basic concepts in measurement and statistics, standardized and classroom-based language test development and evaluation, standards-based assessment--with particular reference to New York State ESL and content-area standards--and assessment of specific language skills. How to design classroom-based language tests (objectives- and standards-referenced), to articulate the rationale for a self-designed test, and to become informed users of tests taken by New York State English language learners.

LCD 312. Literacy and Language Arts in Multicultural Populations. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LCD 241. This course provides a theoretical and practical background in the issues related to the development of reading and writing for second language, bilingual children and adolescents.  Among the units are the relationships between oral and written language, the role of oral language acquisition and phonemic awareness, the influence of socio-cultural factors, developing advanced literacy through the language arts and literature, and the effect of specific language disabilities. The course will include assessment, methods, and materials development.

LCD 340. Methods and Materials of TESOL: The Content Areas. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Coreq.: LCD 341. Prereq.: LCD 241. Introduction to the theory and practice of language teaching approaches used in TESOL/ESL courses which focus on thematic units and subject areas, i.e., mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts. With particular attention to the development of language and literacy skills, the course will include adaptation of methods and materials to suit non-native speakers of English as well as special education students at the elementary and secondary levels.

LCD 341.  Student Teaching Internship in TESOL I. 3 hr. plus 20 hr. per week of student teaching; 5 cr. Coreq.: LCD 340.  Supervised student teaching in ESL classes at either the elementary or secondary level, plus a weekly seminar at the College.

LCD 342. Student Teaching Internship in TESOL II.  3 hr. plus 20 hr. per week of student teaching; 5 cr.  Prereq.: LCD 340 and 341. Supervised student teaching in ESL classes at either the elementary or secondary level, complementing the level of student teaching in LCD 341, plus a weekly seminar at the College.

SEYS 201W. Historical, Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education. 3 hr.; 3 cr.; 20 hr. field experience.  Designed to examine the historical, philosophical and sociological foundations of American education.  Attention will be paid to comparative analysis of past and contemporary historical, philosophical, and sociological factors that have, and continue to, influence and shape education decision-making.  Theoretical analysis of major educational ideas and practices in the United States will be explored.

SEYS 221.  Development and Learning in Middle Childhood and Adolescence. 3 hr.; 3 cr.; 20 hr. field experience.  An examination of the major human development and learning processes in middle childhood and adolescence. It includes cognitive, behavioral, social, emotional, and physical issues as these relate to student diversity (culture, heritage, SES, gender, race, ethnicity and the full range of disabilities and exceptionalities). To the extent that development and learning occur in context, the role and impact of the home, school and community on these processes will also be investigated.

EECE 310.  Children in Cultural Contexts I: Child Development. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: Open only to juniors. For initial certificate in Childhood Education, 1-6 this course should be taken after EECE 201, and concurrently with EECE 340. Students in other initial certificate programs may also enroll in this course.  This course will provide an introduction to developmental processes from birth through adolescence and their implications for classroom practice.  Starting from an ecological perspective, students explore the influences of environmental factors such as family, culture, and economics on the development of the individual. Individual differences, the range of normal development, and strategies for accommodating individual variability in the classroom will be emphasized.

ECPSE 350.  Foundations of Special Education. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: SEYS 221; EECE 310; either SEYS 201 or EECE 201. Coreq.: LCD 241, 341, or 342.  ECPSE 350 prepares teacher education candidates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to provide instruction that will promote the participation and progress of students with disabilities in the general education curriculum and prepares candidates with competencies to work collaboratively with colleagues. Teacher education candidates across certification areas and age-ranges are exposed to research-validated professional practice that result in the creation of effective instructional environments for all students, with specific focus on those students who are classified for special education services and supports with mild, moderate, and severe disabilities. The historical and sociological treatment of people with disabilities, special education law, adapting curriculum and instruction, understanding Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), participating in IEP meetings, and advocacy and collaboration are also addressed. Candidates are provided with multiple opportunities to engage in reflective practice regarding the implications of course content to their specific educational disciplines in terms of personalizing instruction and building classroom communities that support the full diversity of learners. Fifteen hours of fieldwork focusing on meeting the needs of students with disabilities within candidates’ certification area or age-range are required.


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Program Director: Robert Vago

Department Office
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Secretary: Maria Cadme
Phone: 718-997-2870
Fax: 718-997-2873

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Queens, NY 11367-1597


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