This course focuses on applied linguistics and how it can directly benefit and improve the teaching of ESL/EFL. This graduate level course focuses on the processes of second language acquisition and the nature of first language acquisition. The course provides an overview of linguistic, sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic analysis as they pertain to the language proficiency and academic achievement of ESL students (or LEP students). Beginning with a study of the linguistic components of language, the course provides an opportunity for prospective ESL/EFL teachers to explore the relevance of linguistics to second/foreign language teaching and learning. The course calls for a highly constructive class participation, critical thinking and very responsible out of class reading and assignment preparation.