Courses and resources
Information and resources for some of my courses
LING 3342 History of the English Language
Course description: Study of change in the English language through hands-on analyses of documents to identify shifts in language use, and investigation of social, cultural, and political motivations for language change.
My students: Most of the students who choose to take this course are either English or Linguistics majors/minors.
Teaching goal: My main goal is to give students the opportunity to conduct original research with primary documents, so we spend a great deal of time in the East Texas Research Center, which houses our university’s archives.
LING 3344 Structures of English
Course description: Descriptive study of the linguistic features of English, including analyses of sounds, words, grammar, and discourse.
My students: The majority of students enrolled in this course are English students (specifically future English teachers) and Communication Disorders students (who will be future speech pathologists).
Teaching goal: Students in this class represent diverse interests and academic backgrounds, so my main goal is to help them connect linguistic concepts and skills to their academic majors or future careers.
LING 4339 English Grammar
Course description: Investigation of grammatical form and function in natural written texts, focusing on modern American English, and application of grammatical features to textual analyses, such as using grammatical features to describe genre or stylistics.
My students: Most of the students who take this course are future high school English teachers or technical writing students.
Teaching goal: My main goal is to help students draw connections between grammar and other fields, showing them how grammatical features affects everything from the decisions authors make when they write to the effect a text has on us when we read.