Language Courses

LANG 121 Language Acquisition: Skills-Based English Language Learning Do you love languages? Are you interested in how people learn to communicate in a new language? Each week, students in this class will go off-campus and volunteer in Newcomer English Language classroom in Kalamazoo Public Schools supporting children and teens from around the world including Afghanistan, Central America, Rwanda, Syria, and Ukraine. We will study varied language learning strategies or approaches that enhance motivation, confidence, and success in English communication and use what we learn to make instructional videos and create written materials supporting the development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. We strive to link our own experience of learning language with helping others learning English. This class is ideal for students who are interested in language, ESL, teaching, working with children, and engaging with the schools and community in Kalamazoo. All are welcome in this class, and it is not required to speak a second language fluently or to have learned English as your second language.
LANG 131 Lost in Translation: Academic Writing A Content-Based Academic Writing Course ESOL LANG 131 is an ESL class for multilingual students. This course focuses on academic writing, which includes practice in brainstorming, organizing, and developing ideas through the formal writing process. Students will write three papers, which will be informed by brief readings, small group sessions, and class discussion. A strong emphasis will be placed on growing a sense of confidence in writing through lessons, guidance, and feedback. The content for this course, "Lost in Translation," refers to brief readings and writing prompts that express bicultural and multilingual experiences, which students will be encouraged to explore.
LANG 210 Foreign Language Teaching Methods and Practicum I This course will broaden your understanding of second language learning and currently espoused foreign language teaching methodologies while helping you to develop your own skills as a foreign language instructor. The main topics covered will be teaching speaking, listening, and reading skills, lesson planning, and teaching language in context. *This course is only open to foreign language teaching assistants.
LANG 211 Foreign Language Teaching Methods and Practicum II This course will broaden your understanding of second language learning and currently espoused foreign language teaching methodologies while helping you to develop your own skills as a foreign language instructor. The main topics covered will be motivating students, teaching for cultural understanding, teaching vocabulary, and error correction. *This course is only open to foreign language teaching assistants. Visiting International Students or permission
LANG 295 One in a Billion- Global Englishes And Language Acquisition Are you interested in teaching? Would you like to learn about languages, meet people from around the world, and work with children in their schools? This course puts classwork into action off- campus in English language learner classrooms in Kalamazoo Public Schools. Each week, students will visit newcomer classrooms and work alongside children and teens from Afghanistan, Rwanda, Syria, and Central America. For some in Kalamazoo, important English language learning experiences are happening right now that will influence how they choose to communicate, express themselves, and project their identity. In class, we will investigate how ways of speaking and learning English are related to how we understand ourselves, our campus, and our community. We will seek to understand what aspects of identity are impacted by language and what English represents both for ourselves and for our Kalamazoo neighbors who are working to acquire the language. We will read, write, discuss, and reflect on these topics with sincere effort toward linking our studies with action in the community. This class is ideal for students who are interested in language, teaching, working with children, and engaging with the schools and community in Kalamazoo. All are welcome in this class, and it is not required to speak a second language fluently or to have learned English as your second language.
LANG 593 Senior Integrated Project Each program or department sets its own requirements for Senior Integrated Projects done in that department, including the range of acceptable projects, the required background of students doing projects, the format of the SIP, and the expected scope and depth of projects. See the Kalamazoo Curriculum -> Senior Integrated Project section of the Academic Catalog for more details.