This course is aimed at exposing the students to the sound theoretical foundations in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) theories and encourage them to engage in the SLA research. The course consists of five units. The first unit presents the fundamental concepts of SLA and related disciplines. The second unit exposes the students to the various approaches of SLA including the universal grammar and non-language factors. The third unit presents the overview of the different theories and models of SLA. The fourth unit introduces the students to the instructed second language acquisition. The last unit engages the students to the practical work of SLA research.
Phonetics and phonology is a course that explores speech sounds as physical entities (phonetics) and as linguistic units (phonology). In viewing sounds as physical elements, this course focuses on articulatory description: How are speech sounds made? What types of movements and configurations of the vocal tract are used to produce sounds in the world's languages? In this part of the course, the goal is to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to produce and analyze both segmental sounds and suprasegmental features of language in general and English in particular. In the next part of the course, the focus is on dealing with different theories of phonology and their importance, phonological processes in English and formulation of different phonological rules. Moreover, great focus is given to English phonetics and phonology, exclusively concentrating on English phonology. The last section focuses on the techniques and activities of teaching English pronunciation in association with the problems which arise in the Nepalese teaching English situations.
English in Usage and Use is an advanced-level course on English syntax that is directly interfaced with semantic and pragmatic dimensions. The course has the vertical relationship with the course 'Exploring grammar in the Context' in Bachelors' Degree.
The Course is integrated in nature that begins with the broader theoretical perspective on the syntactic aspects of grammar and moves through English usage and its use in action and finally ends with their pedagogical extension. This course aims at developing insights into various approaches, diachronic as well as synchronic grammar in general and English grammar in particular. However, the primary aim of the Course is to develop sound knowledge of English grammar rules and enable them to apply in manipulation of various language skills. The Course also seeks to enable the prospective teachers to exploit various principles, techniques and resources to communicate grammar rules to their students.
The course is designed in consonance with reading based courses Reading Writing and Critical Thinking and Expanding Horizons in English prescribed in B.Ed. The course is named as interdisciplinary readings because it combines different fields of study. The course has been divided into seven units which include: -Philosophy,Humanity and Creativity -Education and Vision -Democracy and Freedom -Linguistics, Politics and Identity -Sports, Adventure and Entertainment -Science, Technology and Environment -Postmodern Realities The general objective of the course is to assist students/teachers in making in content learning with linguistic outcomes i.e. critical and creative reading and writing in English for academic purposes. The course also aims at integrating the threads of these two skills at the deeper level. The reading dimension expects the students to process knowledge and linguistic resources while the writing calls for the manipulation of these resources for the production of their own knowledge.