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Melissa D Murphy

Lecturer Ph.D. Romance Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin

Language Program Director
Melissa D Murphy

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Diachronic Romance linguistics; grammaticalization; tense, mood and aspect; second-language acquisition

ILA 398T • Suprvsd Teaching In Spn & Por

46625 • Fall 2014
Meets T 1230pm-330pm BEN 1.118
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DESCRIPTION:

Second language (L2) teaching may be considered both art and science. The latter perspective seeks to understand the learning process, the former attempts to facilitate learning. This course will try to integrate both aspects of second language teaching.

The purpose of this course is to provide graduate students in Spanish and Portuguese with theoretical AND practical knowledge about L2 teaching. The 398T seminar focuses on both professional development and hands-on teacher training. This dual focus addresses the demands of the job market. The specific objectives of the course are:

  1. To acquire practical experience with language teaching at the college level
  2. To acquire a reflective, critical approach towards understanding second language learning and second language teaching
  3. To become familiar with some basic principles of second language acquisition
  4. To start the creation of a teaching portfolio for future professional development

REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING:

30%:                Three exams on content of readings and assignments

10%                 Class participation in small groups and in whole group discussions

15%:                Teaching Materials: lesson plans

15%:                Teaching Materials: exams

15%:                Teaching observation

15%:                Action research project

TEXTBOOKS AND/OR CLASS MATERIALS:

Required readings:

Arteaga, D. and Llorente, L. (2009). Spanish as an International Language: Implications for teachers and learners. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.

Richards, J. (1995). The Language Teaching Matrix. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Recommended Bibliography (some chapters/pages will be assigned as homework):

Kumaravadivelu, B. (2003). Beyond Methods: Macrostrategies for Language Teaching. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Larsen-Freeman, D. (2003). Teaching language: From grammar to grammaring. Boston: Thomson/Heinle.

SPN 367K • History Of Spanish Language

47597 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm BEN 1.104
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ILA 398T • Suprvsd Teaching In Spn & Por

46580 • Fall 2013
Meets W 1000am-100pm BEN 2.104
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DESCRIPTION:

Second language (L2) teaching may be considered both art and science. The latter perspective seeks to understand the learning process, the former attempts to facilitate learning. This course will try to integrate both aspects of second language teaching.

The purpose of this course is to provide graduate students in Spanish and Portuguese with theoretical AND practical knowledge about L2 teaching. The 398T seminar focuses on both professional development and hands-on teacher training. This dual focus addresses the demands of the job market. The specific objectives of the course are:

  1. To acquire practical experience with language teaching at the college level
  2. To acquire a reflective, critical approach towards understanding second language learning and second language teaching
  3. To become familiar with some basic principles of second language acquisition
  4. To start the creation of a teaching portfolio for future professional development

REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING:

30%:                Three exams on content of readings and assignments

10%                 Class participation in small groups and in whole group discussions

15%:                Teaching Materials: lesson plans

15%:                Teaching Materials: exams

15%:                Teaching observation

15%:                Action research project

TEXTBOOKS AND/OR CLASS MATERIALS:

Required readings:

Arteaga, D. and Llorente, L. (2009). Spanish as an International Language: Implications for teachers and learners. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.

Richards, J. (1995). The Language Teaching Matrix. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Recommended Bibliography (some chapters/pages will be assigned as homework):

Kumaravadivelu, B. (2003). Beyond Methods: Macrostrategies for Language Teaching. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Larsen-Freeman, D. (2003). Teaching language: From grammar to grammaring. Boston: Thomson/Heinle.

SPN S346 • Practical Phonetics

88735 • Summer 2013
Meets MTWTHF 100pm-230pm BEN 1.126
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SPN 327G • Adv Grammar And Composition I

46475 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm MEZ 1.120
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SPN 364L • Applied Linguistics

46610 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm MEZ 2.202
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SPN F345L • Intro To Hispanic Linguistics

88960 • Summer 2012
Meets MTWTHF 100pm-230pm BEN 1.102
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SPN 345L:
 
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the tools necessary to successfully  describe and analyze sounds, words and phrases in Spanish. This course will introduce students to various subfields of linguistics, including:
·   Phonetics: nature and articulation of sounds
·   Phonology: organization and use of sounds to encode meaning
·   Morphology: internal structure of words
·   Syntax: principles underlying construction of phrases and sentences
·   Diachronic linguistics: processes involved in the evolution of language
·   Pragmatics: situational or contextual usage of language
·   Sociolinguistics: effects of society / social variables on language
·   Dialectology: linguistic variation corresponding to geographic distribution
Although this is an introductory linguistics course, it is not an introduction to basic aspects of the Spanish language. Therefore, students should enter the course with an advanced level of proficiency in Spanish as well as a familiarity with grammatical concepts. This is a very challenging course that requires strong analytical skills as well as a willingness to deal with a wide range of technical terminology, definitions, formalizations and abstract concepts.

SPN 610D • Intermediate Spanish I

46190 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 1200pm-200pm MEZ 2.124
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SPN F346 • Practical Phonetics

89060 • Summer 2011
Meets MTWTHF 100pm-230pm MEZ 1.120
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