Composition for Multilingual Students
The Department of Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages offers four writing courses (Linguistics 100A, 100B, 200, and 305W) designed to meet the needs of students whose first language is not English (multilingual students, international students and other students whose home language is not English). These courses are equivalent to courses offered in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing Studies.
Our classes might be right for you if any of the following applies to you:
- You speak a language other than English at home
- Your education was mainly in a language other than English
- You are an international student
- You were in English as a Second Language classes or received services as an English Language Learner in middle school or high school
- You are a multilingual student who desires extra support in the English language
LING 100A is an introduction to college-level writing for first-semester English Learners. The course focuses on comprehension of college-level academic texts, and integrating ideas and information from multiple text sources in formal written papers, as well as accuracy of expression. The most important goal of the course is to improve your ability to read and write college-level English.
Linguistics 100B focuses on the integration of academic reading and writing and on strategies for developing written arguments. It offers instruction in writing for different purposes and audiences in ways that respond to and incorporate ideas from college- level reading selections. Linguistics 100B also addresses second language issues related to grammar and vocabulary.
- fulfills the CSU written communication requirement
- is equivalent to RWS 100 for students whose first/home language is not English
- meets the same lower division SDSU GE requirement as RWS 100
Linguistics 200 focuses on the student as researcher, and guides the class through both original and text-based written research projects. The course emphasizes writing that draws from a variety of sources, including data collected by the student. Linguistics 200 continues the integration of academic reading and writing begun in Linguistics 100 B and addresses second language issues related to grammar and vocabulary.
- fulfills the CSU critical thinking requirement
- is equivalent to RWS 200 for students whose first/home language is not English
- meets the same lower division SDSU GE requirement as RWS 200
Linguistics 305W assists students in achieving upper division competence in most majors. The focus of the course is the analysis and production of a variety of texts (and types of texts) related to each student’s discipline, both in and beyond the university setting. The course is equivalent to RWS 305W.
- Fulfills San Diego State's Upper Division Writing Requirement for students of SOME
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IMPORTANT: Each student must consult with her or his department to determine whether Linguistics 305W is an option for the upper division writing requirement.
Naseh Nasrollahi Shahri, Program Director
Email: [email protected] | Phone: (619) 594-5914 | Office: SHW 248
Stephanie Frame, Program Assistant Director
Email: [email protected] | Phone: (619) 594-7114 | Office: SHW 211