Dr. Knowles has been dedicated to a communicative vision of language instruction since the mid-1980s, at which point he took a CALL course and saw the potential of HyperCard for linking multimedia projects to a learner-centered approach. Until his recent retirement, he was involved with language centers since 1996, including a five-year stint as Assistant and Associate Director of Yale’s Center for Language Study and as Director of CU-Boulder’s ALTEC from 2008 till 2018. He is especially intrigued by the continuities and discontinuities between progressivist pedagogies in general education versus early stage language education, and is equally intrigued by the notion that language is culture in motion (Savignon 1983). The final challenge of this SLA course is to dream about how those elements can be woven together.
Eric Herman has been a communicative and comprehension-based language teacher at the elementary, middle, university, and adult levels. He is currently in the MA program in Hispanic Linguistics at FSU. Eric acquired Spanish while a Youth Development Volunteer in the Peace Corps in Honduras. He is the author of How to use MovieTalk to Teach with Comprehensible Input (IJFLT, 2014), Ataques de Hambre (2016), Assessing Proficiency in the Classroom (2017) and the bi-weekly "Acquisition Classroom Memo."
Mark and Eric taught the SLA last summer and this is what his students said about the course:
" I loved the course. Dr. Knowles is knowledgable and thorough. I wish this course had a follow up of some kind!"
"Professor Knowles is very knowledgable and approachable. Many of us teachers have not studied in this area in 10+ years and thanks to Dr. Knowles' choice of texts, we are certainly up to date in the field."
" Mark is an excellent teacher who encourages and supports learning through inquiry and conversation. Mark was always available to interact or discuss a topic. I learned a tremendous amount about language acquisition and the field of SLA in general."
"This was my first online course ever and it was engaging and interactive".
- Each week covers a new theme/unit.
- New units start on Sunday morning with a short video introduction by your course instructor.
- You are then assigned some readings to complete by Wednesday (usually a 20 page chapter or article and a podcast).
- Wednesday through Saturday, you discuss 2-3 reading questions with your peers and instructor on the discussion board.
- On Saturday, a portion of your final project may be due (not every week).
- By Saturday, you read and comment on a couple of your peers' final project.
Note: If you have travel plans during the course, contact your instructor ahead of time to discuss how it will affect your participation in the course.
Tuition for the course is $990 (Payment plans are available). LGTC 5010 is worth 2 graduate credits. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to download a transcript showing that you have completed the course.
3 credit hour courses (10 weeks): Drops made by the end of the first week (Friday) get a full refund. Drops made after the one-week deadline and by the end of the second week (Friday) get a 60% refund and will result in a W grade posted on the transcript. Drops made after the 2-week deadline (Friday) will result in a W grade posted on the transcript, and full tuition and fees will be assessed.
2 credit and 1 credit hour courses (8 or 6 weeks): Drops made by the end of the first week (Friday) get a full refund. Drops made after the first week will result in a W grade posted on the transcript, and full tuition and fees will be assessed.
Drop and withdraw requests must be emailed to the Program Director.