AA4150 Introduction to Language Development is designed to provide students a “big picture” of language development, including its place within the wider context of community development, its theological/philosophical foundations and its relationship to activities such as Bible translation, research, literacy and education. This course is designed to run in parallel with AA4350 Language & Society and is required for those desiring to serve with SIL International.
Students learn to research a people group’s religious worldview and help provide the most appropriate materials and activities that enhance the community’s engagement with Scripture. They work with local authors, artists, teachers or media specialists to create print materials, performances and recordings tailored for specific audiences. They encourage communities to engage with Scripture and apply it to their lives through study, story, song, conversation and celebration. They partner with leaders to strengthen community engagement with Scripture at more times and in more ways.
This course introduces students to basic elements of Islamic societies in their diverse expressions, including origins, historical developments, beliefs, practices, worldviews, and cultural and religious patterns. Particular emphasis is given to understanding common barriers to communication and approaches for bridging worldview, cultural, and religious differences for purposes of transformation.
This course explores the origins and characteristics of monotheism including ways that religious cultures with no prior history of this concept have adopted it. The course considers “Abrahamic” and “non-Abrahamic” forms of monotheism within cultural life, individual identity and cross-cultural encounter.
Craft and tell culturally appropriate stories!
New TESOL Undergraduate Certificate beginning in Spring 2016….explore the rationale for teaching techniques at all proficiency levels of English skills.
Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate an understanding of how to design TESOL curriculum and a TESOL program. This includes beginning with a needs assessment and ending with evaluation and ongoing adjustments necessary for effective learning. Students will create lesson plans appropriate to a variety of TESOL situations and will design, teach and evaluate one lesson for the class. Students will demonstrate an ability to evaluate and adapt textbooks and other materials.
IS4344 Chinese I (Fall) (3 Undergraduate credits)
An introduction to modern standard Chinese, commonly called Mandarin, which is the official language of China and is the most widely used variety of Chinese in the world. This course is for beginners. The emphases will include pronunciation, acquiring core vocabulary in both spoken and written forms, and beginning conversation skills. There will also be an introduction to the lifelong process of learning the Chinese writing system.
IS4345 Chinese II (Spring) (3 Undergraduate credits)
The purpose of this course is to develop listening comprehension, strengthen speaking skills, and develop the ability to read and write Chinese characters (in both the traditional character set and the simplified).
Building on the foundations laid in Chinese I and II, students will achieve a basic level of competence in conversation and reading and be able to write short compositions.
Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate an understanding of how to plan, teach, and evaluate lessons in reading and writing. They will have experienced the process of teaching, from planning to execution to evaluation. They will be able to discuss the challenges and potential pitfalls of teaching English in cross-cultural contexts. They will be able to explain key factors and considerations specific to the teaching of reading and writing to non-native speakers of English.
This course incorporates techniques of teaching speaking and listening to speakers of other languages. We will explore the methods of teaching speaking and listening skills. Students will have practical, hands-on teaching experiences in teaching all levels of speakers of other languages.