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B.A., Linguistics

Departmental Assessment Report

 

Student Learning Goals:

1. Describe the systematic and distinctive nature of spoken and written language.
2. Demonstrate understanding of language change, especially as it applies to the origin and nature of dialects.
3. Perform linguistic analyses of sound systems, word structure, meaning at various levels, and phrase, clause, and sentence structure.
4. Describe fundamental language development processes, for both first and additional languages.
5. Demonstrate knowledge of the psychological processes underlying listening, speaking, reading, writing, and lexical access.
6. Apply linguistic knowledge to discussions or development of effective English language instructional practices for native and nonnative English speakers.
7. Discuss complex relationships between language varieties and socio-cultural characteristics such as socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and gender.
8. Describe the major phases in the development of English.
9. Develop an appreciation for the diversity and complexity of the world’s languages.
10. Demonstrate preparation for graduate study or employment in linguistics or related fields.

 

Assessment Plan:

Assessment measure Goals addressed How is the information used?
Of those applying to graduate programs in fields related to linguistics, % accepted 1 through 10 Used to determine if our curriculum is sufficiently broad and rigorous to prepare our students for academic work at the next level.  The Linguistics faculty will collect and assess these data every third academic year, beginning in Fall 2009.
Of those applying for teaching positions, % accepted 4, 5, 6, 10 Used to determine if our curriculum is sufficiently broad and rigorous to prepare our students for professional activity at the next level. The Linguistics faculty will collect and assess these data every third academic year, beginning in Fall 2009, which will help us to determine what kinds of curricular or pedagogical revision might be necessary.
Annual assessment of LING 305 midterm and final exams 1, 2, 3, 9 Beginning in Spring 2008, the Linguistics faculty will collect 4-5 midterms and final exams (randomly selected) from all sections of LING 305 and meet to evaluate how well the students are achieving these goals. The Linguistics faculty will use the initial Spring 2008 meeting to clarify assessment criteria and determine whether a non-majors course is justified. These meetings will also help faculty to revise their teaching methods.
Analytical and reflective written assignments from ENGL 498, Senior Seminar 1 through 10 Linguistics faculty will propose to teach a section of Senior Seminar for linguistics majors. At the end of that semester, samples of student writing will be collected, and an assessment rubric will be developed. In future years when a linguistics-emphasis section of ENGL 498 is offered, the rubric will be revised.
In-class tests and quizzes 1 through 10 Used to assess teaching methods so that we can adjust them in order to present the material in a way that leads to higher performance by students on retrieval of information and simple data analysis.  Employed by all faculty members on a continuing basis.
Homework assignments 1 through 10 Used to assess teaching methods so that we can adjust them in order to present the material in a way that leads to higher performance by students in more complex data analysis.  Employed by all faculty members on a continuing basis.
Out-of-class projects 1 through 10 Used to assess teaching methods so that we can adjust them in order to present the material in a way that leads to higher performance by students in performing in-depth data analysis and integration of linguistic theory and practice.  Employed by all faculty members on a continuing basis.
Course evaluations of Linguistics courses 9 (and implicitly 1-8, 10) Chair reads every evaluation from every instructor, looking for systematic problems.  When problems are noticed, the chair works with the instructor to resolve them. Plans for systematic assessment of these evaluations by Linguistics faculty have not yet been made.
Course evaluations from all sections of ENGL 498 1, 3, 9, 10 Linguistics faculty will identify student interests and analyze potential need for a new course: LING 498.
External reviewers during department program review 1 through 10 Broad application to hiring priorities, curriculum development, and pedagogical development.
Alumni surveys by Office of Institutional Assessment 9, 10 Given occasionally by OIA.  Used to redesign curriculum and course content and requirements.