Instructor: Shawn Ford

Instructor:  Susan Inouye

Office: ‘Iliahi 220


Office: Olapa 129


Phone: 734-9327


Phone: 734-9708


Office Hours: T Th 1:45 – 2:30 pm

Office Hours: M W 10:45 – 11:45 am

Classroom: Mokihana 101            Class Times:  T Th 10:45 am – 1:30 pm

 WebCT website:


“Word up!”: exclamation – I understand you; I agree with you. A colloquial phrase originating from within the African-American community, which has spread to wider use among American speakers of English, largely through mass media influences such as MTV and popular TV comedy shows. Often shortened to simply “Word!” In the context of this class, this phrase could also refer to developing linguistic knowledge, i.e.: “Make your knowledge of words go up.


Course Description

The Word Up Learning Community focuses on the study of language and how we learn it. We will explore linguistics from students’ unique perspectives as English language learners. In this learning community, students will:


            • study basic linguistics concepts

            • develop academic English writing skills

            • work on shared assignments and projects throughout the semester

            • examine individual language development patterns and needs for future language development


The goal of the ESL100 course is for students to acquire a deeper understanding and fluency of academic English through reading and writing within a content area.  The students will read current research in the field of Second Language Acquisition on the topic of Interlanguage Grammar and write papers analyzing the research and themselves as they are reflected in that research.


The goals of the Linguistics 102 course are for students to be introduced to the field of linguistics, to learn the analytical methods utilized in linguistics, and to apply this knowledge and these skills to their own language identity and development, and to other languages.


This learning community meets for 5 hours a week and is worth 6.0 credits. The ESL 100 component fulfills the Written Communication Foundation Requirement for degrees at KCC and UHM. Linguistics 102 satisfies the Humanities Group 1 requirement for degrees at KCC and UHM. In addition, Linguistics 102 32525 is designated as a Writing Intensive section, which usually carries an ENG 100 or ESL 100 or ENG 160 PRErequisite. Therefore, a student must achieve a C or better in the ESL 100 portion of this Learning Community in order to receive the WI credit for LING 102.


Course Requirements

Required Texts – available in the KCC Bookstore

    An Introduction to Language.  Fromkin, Rodman & Hyams. 8th ed.  Thomson Wadsworth, 2007.


Portfolio Materials – available in the KCC Bookstore


WebCT Requirement

    Students will be required to collaborate on and submit many assignments through the class website which is a password protected WebCT website.  Students who are registered for the class will be given a WebCT account. Students can access the class website from home, campus, or anywhere else that they have internet access.  Go to and log in with your UH username and password.


Plagiarism and Academic Honesty

            Plagiarism will not be tolerated in this class.  Plagiarism is copying another's ideas, word-for-word or paraphrased, without giving the originator credit.  Asking another individual to write assignments is another form of plagiarism.  Using an assignment that you've done for another class is also unethical.  Using essays (or portions of essays) from the internet without proper documentation is also plagiarism.  In this class, the penalty for plagiarism is as follows:  accidental plagiarism such as forgetting to cite a source will mean No Credit on the assignment and a chance to do the assignment over again, with citations included.  In deliberate or aggravated cases, the student will fail the course.  Repeated offenses or an entirely plagiarized essay will result in referral to higher authorities, which may lead to expulsion from KCC. Please also refer to the university's policy on academic honesty online at There is never a good reason to plagiarize. Your instructors are here to help you. Don’t hesitate to ask us for help if you ever find yourself tempted to resort to plagiarism.


Course Goals

This learning community is designed to

1)    Introduce second language learning in the context of linguistics that will help the students to better understand their language development and use, with the intention of becoming better observers and users of language;

2)    help students evaluate and analyze the content provided in Goal 1; and

3)    help students demonstrate their understanding in writing of various issues and problems associated with theories associates with second language learning;

with the overall goal to

4)   prepare students for their future writing needs at KCC and elsewhere as they develop an academic understanding of and a personal appreciation for the nature of language.

Student Objectives

Upon successful completion of the Word Up learning community, the student will be able to:


Learning Community Objectives

ESL Component


Linguistics Component

Read critically and evaluate literary selections and to apply the same techniques to the student’s own writing;

Describe and explain one’s own language use and development

Develop a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the nature of language and a livelier interest in all of its manifestations

Write clear, coherent prose, for specific purposes and for specific audiences;

Demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively as a community of learners

Distinguish geographic, historical and social variation in language

Practice writing expository essays using rhetorical and writing techniques;

Make use of deductive reasoning in various academic tasks

Develop an awareness of gender-related issues in language use

Identify details that support an author's thesis;

Make use of inductive reasoning in various academic tasks

Perform basic phonological, morphological and syntactical analyses of language data

Discover in reading various techniques and devices used by the author;

Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of academic discourse through reading, writing and speaking activities

Transcribe the sounds of English using phonetic symbols

Review topic sentence, paragraph and supporting details;

Conduct academic research

Construct the ancestral form of words on the basis of selected data from contemporary daughter languages

Write various types of academic essays;


Understand the terminology and concepts of the discipline

Write a research paper with bibliography, demonstrating mastery of this form;


Apply the theoretical linguistic principles discussed in class to the analysis of language as it is used around you

Organize outlines and thesis sentences as aids to writing;



Spontaneously write an organized and well-developed essay on a given topic;



Keep a journal for spontaneous writing assignments; and



Promote ideas and increase writing skills.




Course Assignments and Grading

Throughout the semester, students will have numerous assignments that are specific to the either the ESL 100 component or the Linguistics 102 component, and they will have several assignments that are shared by both components. At the end of the semester, students will receive separate grades for ESL 100 and LING 102.



Learning Community Assignments

ESL Component


Linguistics Component

Homework (readings & questions):

13 x 10 pts. = 130 pts.

Online Journals: 28 entries =240 pts.

Homework (readings & questions):

6 x 10 pts. = 60 pts.

1a. Introduction to Interlanguage

ESL Component – 180 pts.

1. Ch. 1 (Intro to Linguistics) &

 Ch. 8 (Language Acquisition)

1b. Interlanguage Research

Service Learning Journal 1-8

(15 pts. Ea. = 120 pts)

2. Ch. 6 (Phonetics) &

Ch. 7 (Phonology)

1c. What is Interlanguage

Vocabulary Journal 1-12

(5 pts. Ea. = 60 pts)

3. Ch. 3 (Morphology)

1d. Fossilization


4. Ch. 4 (Syntax)

1e. Interlanguage Review

Linguistics Component – 60 pts.

5. Ch. 2 (Brain & Language)

2. 1st & 2nd Language Acquisition Differences

Language Observations/Responses 1-4

(Obs. 10 pts ea./Resp. 5 pts ea.)

(Ch. 10 Language in Society - Homework included in Linguistic Autobiography prewriting)

3. Interlanguage Phonology


6. Ch. 11 (Language Change)

4. Interlanguage Morphology



5. Interlanguage Syntax



6. Developmental Sequences



7. The Brain: SUP, CUP & Language Transfer



8a. BICS and CALP



8b. Restricted and Elaborated Codes



Quizzes:                      6 x 20 pts. = 120 pts.

Posters:               3 x 10 pts. = 30 pts.

(including oral pres.)

Quizzes:               3 x 20 pts. = 60 pts.

Vocab Quiz 1

Poster 1: language profile

1. Ch. 6&7 Phonetics/Phonology Quiz

Vocab Quiz 2

Poster 2: application of concepts

2. Ch. 3 Morphology Quiz

Vocab Quiz 3

Poster 3:  language analysis & goals

3. Ch. 4 Syntax Quiz

Vocab Quiz 4



Essay Quiz 1



Essay Quiz 2



Essays (1st & 2nd drafts, Peer Review, & Grammar Analysis)    4 x 30 pts. = 120 pts.

Essays (1st & 2nd drafts):         230 pts

Field Project (data collection, 1st & 2nd drafts, oral presentation)       100 pts.

1. Personal essay (PE)

4. IL Phonology Project (ILP) –           50 pts.

6. Field Project

2. IL summary (ILS)

7. Linguistic Autobiography  (LA) –  150 pts.


3. Self IL Phonology (SILP)

8. Service Learning Reflection Essay (SLR) – 30 pts.


5. Interlanguage Analysis (ILA)

9. Portfolio Reflection (PR)

    (graded with portfolio)





Citizenship:                                      10 pts.

Learning Community Portfolio:    100 pts.

Citizenship:                                 5 pts.

ESL 100: 380 pts.

ESL 100: 360 pts./LING 102: 240 pts.

LING 102: 225 pts.

Final Grade Scale – based on accumulation of total course points

                                                                               ESL 100             LING 102

A       Excellent achievement                          666 – 740  pts.          418.5 – 465 pts.

B       Above average achievement               591 - 665 pts.            371.5 – 418  pts.

C       Average achievement                           516 – 590  pts.           323.5 – 371  pts.

D      Minimal passing achievement             441 - 515  pts.            276.5– 323  pts.

F       Failure                                                     440 pts. or less         276 pts. or less


Assignment Requirements

The following are required of each student:


1) Participation


2) Papers/ Essays

Š      Be aware that submission of one paper for two different courses without approval will result in failure of the papers in both courses and academic action taken against the student. Please refer to the UH policy on plagiarism for more information on this matter

Š      Complete directions for each writing assignment will be provided and discussed in class.


3) Peer Feedback



4) Service Learning

Each student in this learning community is required to participate in service learning. Students will focus their service on either the International Café or in some case will provide support to a language teacher in the classroom.

Š      Please refer to the handout for specific Service Learning requirements that will be given to you separately in class.


5) Class Presentations


6) Learning Community Portfolio

            Homework (reading assignments & Linguistics exercises)

            Quizzes (vocabulary, Linguistics concept applications, and short essay questions)

            All Essays and Papers (final drafts only)

            Portfolio Reflection Paper (as a cover letter)


Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend class on time every day. Attendance will be reflected in student class participation, class assignments, quizzes, presentations, and timely submission of papers and other assignments.

If a student misses class, not only will opportunities to learn course content and develop language skills be missed, but also important course information will be missed, and classmates will miss the student’s participation in class.

                  It is understood that there may be times when a student is unable to come to class due to sicknesses, emergencies, scheduled appointments, or other personal reasons. If a student misses class, the student must get any assignments, explanations, directions, information, and handouts from classmates. Upon return to class, the student should be prepared for any scheduled class activities.  Check the WebCT calendar often.

                  Quizzes, exams, and tests missed due to absence cannot be made up unless the student provides an acceptable and verifiable excuse, such as a Dr.’s note, an accident report, or a police report. Class activities missed due to absence cannot be made up for any reason. Any group assignments missed due to absence should be made up with the respective group members.

Also, general class announcements and directions will be given in the first 10 minutes of class. If a student is late and does not get this information, the student will be responsible for getting the information from a classmate.


Students are responsible for all material covered in class and for all assignments.


Late Work Policy

All homework assignments should be completed before class and submitted in class on the date that they are due. Students should always be ready for classroom activities or discussions.

Late assignments will be accepted up to three class periods after the original due date for credit at a penalty of 10% per class period. Assignments will not be accepted for credit after three class periods late. However, all required assignments, whether accepted for credit or not, must still be included in the course portfolio.

Keep in mind that many classroom activities require related papers and homework assignments in order to receive credit. Full participation is a requirement, and these daily classroom activities cannot be made up. The exception to this is late work that has an acceptable and verifiable excuse (a Dr.’s note, an accident report, a police report, etc.).


Repeated late submissions of work may result in failure of the courses.


Additional Notes


4 All students are expected to conduct themselves in the classroom maturely and to be respectful of each other and of the instructor, according to the guidelines outlined in the KCC Conduct Code which is summarized in the course catalog and is posted in its entirely in the Dean of Students Office, ‘Ilima 205. In addition, all students are expected to follow Netiquette guidelines in all of their online course communications with their peers and instructors. Netiquette refers to proper behavior in an online environment.


4 This class is a Safe Zone. We will not tolerate discrimination on the basis of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, or native language. Any violation will be referred immediately to the dean of students for disciplinary action.


4 Please do not send regular course papers or assignments by e-mail or by attachment to peers or instructors unless told otherwise. Turn in hard copies only. All journal entries should be posted on the community discussion board.


4 Please turn off all cell phones, pagers, and other things that beep, ring, chirp, chime, or can play music, while in our classroom. At no time should anyone engage in phone conversations in the classroom for any reason.


4 Please do not smoke on the lanai outside of the Mokihana classroom. Smoke only in open areas around buildings where there are ashtrays.


4 If you have a disability and have not voluntarily disclosed the nature of your disability and the support you need, then please contact the Special Student Services office at 743-9552, located in ‘Ilima 105.


4 This syllabus and the course schedule are subject to change at the teachers’ discretion with appropriate notice.


4 If you have any questions, please feel free to talk to us after class, by e-mail, or make an appointment for an office conference.



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