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Two new courses will be offered in Fall 2018

APLNG 597: An EMCA approach to understanding and researching teaching

Instructor: Joan Kelly Hall <>

This graduate seminar is an introduction to understanding and researching the specialized work of teaching through the sociological lens of ethnomethodologically informed conversation analysis – EMCA. EMCA is the study of the observable multimodal and embodied practices that people routinely use to produce meanings and make sense of others’ meanings in the interactional activities comprising their social worlds. As a research method, EMCA is capable of identifying and describing the rich empirical details of the specialized actions of teaching, the learner actions they engender and the larger pedagogical projects they accomplish, without reducing them to “atomized collection of discrete and unconnected tiny acts (Ball & Forzani, 2009, p. 507).

We will begin with an examination of EMCA’s main theoretical, conceptual and methodological constructs and then move to an exploration of various EMCA studies of teaching from different contexts. We will use CEAPP to engage in observing, transcribing and analyzing data from a range of teaching contexts. Through your engagement in the course, it is expected that you will increase your powers of observation and skills for transcribing and analyzing data from teaching contexts. In addition, you will gain an understanding of and appreciation for the usefulness of EMCA in revealing instructive distinctions between idealized understandings of the work of teaching and its interactional reality.


APLNG 597: Usage-Based Approaches to Second Language Learning and Teaching

Instructor: Kevin McManus <>

Language is essentially human. Cognition, usage, and communication fundamentally shape how we acquire, process, and use language and are usage-based linguistics’ foundational tenets. As a consequence, language is a complex adaptive system that emerges gradually through usage. In this course, we will explore and critique foundations to contemporary research about the cognitive processes underlying language structure, language learning and language teaching. This course introduces participants to key ideas in usage-based linguistics that drive theoretically-oriented research in second language (L2) acquisition and teaching.