CanIL sets a high priority on student development both inside and outside the classroom. We encourage you to be onsite and involved in the CanIL community. We also recognize that there are times when online education can provide the flexibility for you to reach your educational goals.

We are continually experimenting with alternative modes of course delivery. Along with full online courses, live streaming of our classroom courses is also possible. If you are unable to attend our regular courses on campus and the class does not yet exist in the list below, please let us know and we will see if an online option could be made available. Contact us here.

Courses designed for online delivery

LING-210 Language and Society – ONLINE VERSION 3 Sem. Hours Fall, Spring, Summer, Intersession

This online course focuses on the interaction between language and the social context within which it is used. Topics include: regional and social dialects; multilingualism; language attitudes and their impact on national and personal identity; linguistic politeness; the maintenance, shift, loss, and spread of languages; and the impact of modern technology. Applications to gender and education are explored in depth.

This course can alternatively be taken in the standard classroom format.

LING-482 Issues in Community Literacy – ONLINE VERSION 3 Sem. Hours Fall, Spring, Summer

This course focuses on issues relating to literacy programs in a community of speakers of a minority language. It deals with various program issues, including: bridging the gap to oral communities and introducing change in a community, motivation and mobilization, capacity-building and sustainability, training and evaluation, the challenges of working in multilingual societies and with those in stressed situations, and using participatory approaches in all aspects of the program.

Prerequisites:

LING 484 Principles of Literacy

LING-483 Language Programs Design & Management – ONLINE VERSION 3 Sem. Hours Fall, Summer

This course investigates the sociolinguistic and background factors upon which a language development program for speakers of vernacular languages may be based. Students learn to work with local people and agencies in designing and implementing a program to effectively meet the needs of specific language groups.

Prerequisites:

LING 210 Language and Society

LING-484 Principles of Literacy – ONLINE VERSION 3 Sem. Hours Fall, Spring, Summer

As an introductory course in principles for literacy work in ethnolinguistic minority groups, this course includes an introduction to what a literacy program involves, including orthography design, pre and post- literacy considerations, learning and reading theory and instructional methodologies. It requires a background knowledge of phonology.

Prerequisites:

LING 310 Articulatory Phonetics

LING 330 Phonological Analysis

LING-488 Literacy Materials Development – ONLINE VERSION 3 Sem. Hours Fall, Spring, Summer

This course teaches students how to prepare basic pedagogical materials and early readers in languages that may not have a long written tradition. Special emphasis is given to teaching techniques for involving the local language community in the production of these materials.

Prerequisites:

LING 484 Principles of Literacy

LING-490 Special Topics in Linguistics – Lexicography 3 Sem. Hours Spring

This course provides a theoretical and practical basis for analyzing the semantics of the lexicon, managing a lexical database and producing dictionaries for a variety of audiences including the local community, translators and linguists.

Note: This is an undergraduate version of LING 587 Lexicography.

Prerequisites:

LING 480 Field Methods: Data Management & Analysis

LING-493 Semantics and Pragmatics – ONLINE ONLY 3 Sem. Hours Fall, Spring

This course provides students with the theoretical tools with which to study meaning at the word and sentence levels, and to explain how people interpret utterances in context. Students will study various models of semantics and pragmatics, and learn how to apply different approaches to the study of meaning in natural language.

This course is only offered in ONLINE format.

Prerequisites:

LING 360 Morphosyntax I

LING-582 OL Issues in Community Literacy 3 Sem. Hours Fall, Summer

The issues in community literacy work that are covered in this course include various program issues such as introducing literacy in an oral community, motivation for literacy, capacity building and sustainability, training of personnel and evaluation of the program, and using participatory approaches in all aspects of the program.

Offered online by request only.

Prerequisite:

LING-LIN 584 Principles of Literacy

LING-583 Language Programs Design & Management – ONLINE VERSION 3 Sem. Hours Fall, Summer

This course investigates the sociolinguistic and background factors upon which a language development program for speakers of vernacular languages may be based. Students learn to work with local people and agencies in designing and implementing a program to effectively meet the needs of specific language groups.

Prerequisites:

LING 210 Language and Society

LING-587 Lexicography 3 Sem. Hours Spring

This course provides a theoretical and practical basis for analyzing the semantics of the lexicon, managing a lexical database and producing dictionaries for a variety of audiences including the local community, translators and linguists.

Prerequisites:

LING-LIN 580 Field Methods: Data Management & Analysis

 

LING-593 Semantics and Pragmatics – ONLINE ONLY 3 Sem. Hours Fall, Spring

This course provides students with the theoretical tools with which to study meaning at the word and sentence levels, and to explain how people interpret utterances in context. Students will study various models of semantics and pragmatics, and learn how to apply different approaches to the study of meaning in natural language.

This is course is only offered in ONLINE format.

LING-650 Survey of Linguistic Theories 3 Sem. Hours Spring

This course introduces students to a wide range of linguistic theories. Students read and discuss original works written from various perspectives and gain in the process a clearer appreciation for the range of views that exist concerning the nature of human language and its syntactic, semantic, phonological, and discourse properties.

Prerequisites:

LING-LIN 560 Morphosyntax II

Note: Online

LING-660 Topics in Morphology & Syntax 3 Sem. Hours Fall

An article based course providing an in-depth exploration of current issues in the linguistic subfields of Morphology and Syntax. The types of topics addressed include: wordhood, clitics, grammatical relations, voice, valence, transitivity, noun incorporation, control constructions, raising, reflexivity & reciprocalization, complementation, evidentiality, secondary predication, and iconicity & economy. Students apply the acquired knowledge in producing a major paper.

Prerequisites:

LING-LIN 560 Morphosyntax II

Note: Online