Graduate Program Courses

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ENG-D 600 History of the English Language (4 cr.)
Survey of the evolution of the English language from its earliest stages to the present, with reference to its external history and to its phonology, morphology, syntax, and vocabulary.

ENG-G 500 Introduction to the English Language (4 cr.)
An introduction to the English language: its nature, structure, and development.

ENG-G 513 Academic Writing Graduate Students (3 cr.)
Designed to meet the academic writing needs of ESL graduate students from multiple disciplines, this course focuses on a variety of academic writing styles and disciplinary approaches to producing research papers and professional documents. Students practice paraphrasing, summarizing, critiquing discipline-related articles, as well as writing research proposals and a comprehensive research paper.

ENG-G 520 Communication Skills for Graduate Students and Internationals (3 cr.)
Designed for graduate students who are non-native speakers of English, this course provides instruction on oral communication skills, academic presentation skills and basic teaching strategies for the U.S. classroom. The primary focus is on oral language skills necessary to present academic materials in English to an American audience. Language skills, teaching skills, and knowledge about the U.S. classroom culture will be developed through discussions and classroom observations/simulations. Presentations, teaching practice and regular conferences will focus on individual needs.

ENG-G 541 Materials Preparation for ESL (4 cr.)

ENG-G 652 English Language Sociolinguistics (4 cr.)
This course investigates sociocultural aspects of language use and explores the relationships between language and society. The course provides background in various theoretical and methodological approaches to sociolinguistics. Other topics to be covered include gender and language, ethnicity and language, social factors in language acquisition, and bilingualism. Familiarity with basic issues and concepts in linguistics would be useful.

ENG-G 625 Discourse Analysis and Introduction to Research (4 cr.)
This course introduces students to current approaches to text and discourse coherence, including recent theories of cognitive and interactional text modeling.

ENG-L 501 Professional Scholarship in Literature (4 cr.)
Instruction in the materials, tools, and methods of research. The course is especially designed to familiarize beginning graduate students with the research expectations associated with graduate study in literature.

ENG-L 503 Teaching of Lit in College (2-4 cr.)
Classroom teaching of literature in the light of current approaches.

ENG-L 506 Introduction to Methods of Criticism and Research (4 cr.)
The conditions and assumptions of studying English, with emphasis on criticism and research on a culturally and historically diverse range of texts.

ENG-L 508 Practicum on Teaching Literature in College (2-4 cr.)
Topics include syllabus construction, lecture and discussion techniques, use and evaluation of written work. Offered in two formats: as a practicum in course and syllabus design for a future undergraduate course; or as a practicum for AIs running concurrently with the related undergraduate course.

ENG-L 553 Studies in Literature (4 cr.)
Emphasis on thematic, analytic, and generic study. With consent of instructor, may be repeated once for credit.

ENG-L 560 Literary Studies in England and Scotland (4 cr.)
Provides on-site opportunities in England and Scotland to explore the literary landscapes of British authors in relation to the English and Scottish school systems. Designed primarily for education majors and continuing certification credits.

ENG-L 573 Interdisciplinary Approaches to English and American Literature (3 cr.)
Social, political, and psychological studies in English and American literature. Topics may vary and include, for example, literature and colonialism, literature and psychoanalysis, or literature and gender. May also include other world literatures.

ENG-L 590 Internship in English (1-4 cr.)
A supervised internship in the uses of language in the workplace. (For prospective teachers, the workplace may be a class.) Each intern will be assigned a problem or new task and will develop the methods for solving the problem or completing the task. Interns will complete a portfolio of workplace writing and self-evaluation; they will also be visited by a faculty coordinator and evaluated in writing by their on-site supervisors.

ENG-L 606 Topics in African American Literature (4 cr.)
Focuses on a particular genre, time period, or theme of African American literature. Examples: twentieth-century African American women’s novels, black male identity in literature, kinship in African American literature, and African American autobiography. May be repeated twice for credit with different focuses.

ENG-L 625 Readings in Shakespeare (4 cr.)
Critical analysis of selected tragedies, comedies, history plays, and poetry.

ENG-L 635 Readings in American Ethnic Literature and Culture (4 cr.)
In-depth or comparative study of African-American, Asian American, Latino/a, Chicano/a, Native American, and/or other American ethnic literature and culture.

ENG-L 641 English Literature 1790-1900 (4 cr.)
The course will explore the nexus between English literature, history, and print culture from the late sixteenth-to the early seventeenth century, using as our starting point England’s unexpected (yet, perhaps, divinely inspired!) victory over the Spanish Armada in 1588 -the event that established England as a naval, military, and commercial power on par with continental Europe. From this triumphant moment, we will follow the nation through several succession crises, religious controversies, economic turmoil, struggles over theatrical and print censorship, and violently contested debates about the nature of Kingship itself, all of which led to a Civil War, the closing of the public theaters, the beheading of Charles I, and the eventual Restoration of the monarchy after an uncomfortable period of Parliamentarian and Protectorate rule.

ENG-L 643 Readings in Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures (4 cr.)
Study of literature within the historical, cultural and political context of European colonialism and anti-or post-colonial resistance. Topics might include the role of literature in the formation of nations and national consciousness, literatures of particular nations, or postcolonial theory.

ENG-L 650 Studies in American Literature to 1900 (4 cr.)
Intensive study of one writer, a group of writers, or a theme or form significant in the period.

ENG-L 657 Readings in Literature and Critical Thinking (4 cr.)
Study of major movements, figures, or topics in literary and/or critical theory.

ENG-L 666 Survey of Children’s Literature (3-4 cr.)
A survey of literature written for children and adolescents from the medieval period to the present.

ENG-L 680 Special Topics in Literary Study and Theory (4 cr.)
Reading in sociological, political, psychological, and other approaches to literature.

ENG-L681 Genre Studies (4 cr.)
A variable-title course, Genre Studies examines the specific characteristics of individual genres. May be repeated once for credit.

ENG-L 695 Individual Readings in English (1-4 cr.)
Enables students to work on a reading project that they initiate, plan, and complete under the direction of an English department faculty member. Credit hours depend on scope of project.

ENG-L 699 M.A. Thesis (4 cr.) M.A. Thesis.


ENG-W 500 Teaching Writing: Issues and Approaches (4 cr.)
Consideration of fundamental issues in the teaching of writing and the major approaches to composition instruction. Specific topics include teaching invention and revision, diagnosing errors, teaching style and organization, making assignments, and evaluating student writing.

ENG-W 501 Practical Teaching of Composition (4 cr.)
Practical teaching of composition; current theories and policies.

ENG-W 508 Creative Writing for Teachers (4 cr.)
Offers current and future teachers insights into the creative writing process, teaches them to think as writers do, suggest strategies for critiquing creative work, and provide guidance in developing creative-writing curriculum. Emphasis on hands-on writing activities in three genres, adaptable for use with students at entry level.

ENG-W 509 Introduction to Writing and Literacy Studies (4 cr.)
This is the core course in the writing and literacy track of the English master’s program. Students will read, analyze, discuss, and write about key issues in writing and literacy, laying a foundation for further study. Special emphasis will be placed on research methods in this field.

ENG-W 510 Computers and Composition (4 cr.)
Based in current theories about the process of writing, this course surveys the use of computer programs (such as word processing) as writing tools, computer-assisted instruction as teaching aids and computer programs as research aids to study writing.

ENG-W 511 Writing Fiction (4 cr.)
A graduate-level fiction writing workshop. Seminar study of advanced techniques in the writing of fiction, both short stories and the novel. Workshop discussion of advanced student work in progress.

ENG-W 513 Writing Poetry (4 cr.)
Poetry writing workshop on the study of prosody and form (including formal elements of free verse) in the context of writing by class members.

ENG-W 525 Research Approaches for Technical and Professional Writing (4 cr.)
Students focus on how to learn about content, audiences in their situations, and document design in order to produce high quality publications.

ENG-W 531 Designing and Editing Visual Technical Communication (4 cr.)
Students learn principles of designing publications that communicate both visually and verbally.

ENG-W 532 Managing Document Quality (4 cr.)
This course will examine and apply principles of planning, researching audience and content, designing publications, drafting, obtaining reviews, conducting user testing, and negotiating within organizational cultures in order to produce effective technical and professional documents.

ENG-W 533 Science Writing (1 cr.)
C: COMM-C 533; COMM-C 534. With an emphasis on shorter forms of writing, students discover voices, messages, and forms appropriate for bringing scientific expertise to non-science readers. They practice processes of response, revision, and editing to shape presentations for various readers, contexts, and paths of publication.

ENG-W 535 Advanced Science Writing (1 cr.)
Each student identifies a complex project that includes long-forms and/or multi-genres of writing to deliver scientific expertise to non-science readers in a specific community or context. Collaborating through peer-critique and role-playing relevant readerships, students adjust their messages and modes of delivery.

ENG-W 590 Teaching Writing: Theories and Applications (4 cr.)
Drawing on current scholarship and relevant statements from the rhetorical tradition, this course examines theoretical assumptions in the design of classroom practices.

ENG-W 597 Writing Center: Theory and Practice (4 cr.)
Writing Center Theory & Practice is designed to examine the techniques of consulting with writers, as well as the various theories that guide and inform consulting. The course will focus on the practical components of writing center work and how writing center and composition theories can be applied to a variety of settings, including but not limited to college, middle school, high school, professional, and other community settings. In particular, this course will train students to consult with writers in the IUPUI University Writing Center. Specific topics will include writing process, collaborative learning, approaches to consulting, consultant roles, consulting strategies for multiple populations of students (including but not limited to multilingual writers, first-generation students, returning students), cultural divides in writing centers, the use of technology and multimodal composing in writing centers, online consulting, assessment and research inwriting centers, and composition and learning theories that influence writing center work and resource development.

ENG-W 600 Topics in Rhetoric and Composition (4 cr.)
Covers selected issues in current composition and rhetorical theory.

ENG-W 605 Writing Project Summer Institute (3-6 cr.)
By application and invitation only. For teachers from K-university, who together consider major issues involved in the teaching of writing and explore the pedagogical approaches inherent in these issues. The institute explores current theories of writing and their application in the classroom. Preference given to active classroom teachers.

ENG-W 609 Directed Writing Projects (1-4 cr.)
Individual creative or critical writing projects negotiated with the professor who agrees to offer tutorial assistance. Credit hours will vary according to the scope of the project.

ENG-W 615 Graduate Creative Nonfiction Writing (4 cr.)
Writing workshop in such modes as personal essay, autobiography, and documentary.

ENG-W 697 Independent Study in Writing 1 (3 cr.)

ENG-Z 520 Second-Language Development (3 cr.)
Introduction to linguistic, psychological, cognitive, social, and sociocultural approaches to second language development. Explores relationship between second language development and such topics as age, gender, motivation, cognition, and cross-linguistic and sociological influences.

ENG-Z 523 TESOL Methods (3 cr.)
This course is designed to help teachers understand, recognize and address the language acquisition challenges of non-native English speakers, both in the U.S. and abroad. The course stresses the development and use of practical techniques and materials to teach ESL based on second-language acquisition principles.

ENG-Z 536 Pedagogical Grammar (3 cr.)
The focus of this course is on understanding the functions that grammar fulfills in oral and written communication, analyzing those aspects of grammar most problematic for English language learners, and exploring approaches to helping learners understand and use those structures in meaningful communicative contexts. The course combines theoretical discussion about various aspects of grammar with consideration of how to prepare effective lessons for teaching grammar to learners of different ages, proficiency levels and needs.

ENG-Z 541 English for Specific Purposes (ESP) and Materials Development (3 cr.)
PREREQUISITES: ENG-Z 523 or instructor’s permission. English for Specific Purposes (ESP) focuses on the analysis and teaching of English, including the development of appropriate materials, that meet specific language needs of non-native speakers in specific contexts for specific purposes. This course explores and applies the theoretical principles for identifying the needs, developing curricula and preparing teaching materials for ESP contexts.

ENG-Z 545 TESOL Practicum (3 cr.)
PREREQUISITES: ENG-Z 520 and ENG-Z 523. Students will be placed with a supervising teacher in a class for adult learners of English as a second language. Students will observe and assist the teacher, and then have the opportunity to create, teach and assess lessons.

ENG-Z 570 Second Language Writing (3 cr.)
This course explores theories and practices in the teaching and evaluation of second language writing (SLW) as well as connections between first and second language writing, literacy, and culture. Students learn how to identify writing needs, design tasks, and assess writing, and form a philosophy of teaching SLW.

ENG-Z 575 Second Language Learning and Technology (3 cr.)
Explores the theory, use, and issues of using technology in second language instruction, focusing specifically on the acquisition of intercultural competence, culture, and pragmatics.

ENG-Z 598 TESOL Internship (3 cr.)
PREREQUISITES: Completion of ENG-Z 520 and ENG-Z 523, or instructor’s approval, and placement by TESOL Program into an approved internship site. The TESOL Internship is designed to provide students with a supervised internship experience in a professional ESL or EFL context. Interns will gain practical, hands-on experience in TESOL, including teaching, research, and/or program administration.

ENG-Z 600 Seminar in TESOL (3 cr.)
Topics in this course will vary but will focus on current issues in TESOL and applied linguistics. May be taken more than once with different topics. Up to 9 credit hours.

ENG-Z 690 Advanced Readings in TESOL (1-4 cr.)
PREREQUISITES: Approval of Instructor. Directed reading on a focused topic in TESOL and applied linguistics that students initiate, plan, and complete under the direction of an English department faculty member. Credit hours depend on scope of project. May be repeated for up to 6 credit hours.

ENG-Z 699 MA Thesis -TESOL (3 cr.)
PREREQUISITES: Approval of instructor. MA thesis on an issue in TESOL/applied linguistics.