These are the major courses under the undergraduate program Bachelor of Arts in English Language Studies

This course is exclusive for my thesis advisees. This course discusses the fundamental concepts, theories, and methodologies in research. It trains and couches or assist the students how to write research proposal (the first three chapters of the thesis). It teaches how to gather review of related literature, formulate theoretical / conceptual framework, formulate objectives, and methodology of research proposal.  

Advanced investigation of the concepts of grammatical form and function, including the application of labels such as noun, adjective, verb, subject, object, phrase, clause. Study will also include discussion of the use of grammar in written and spoken language, the teaching of grammar in classrooms, the debates about grammatical change in current language, and the notion of standard language.

This course examines a common but understudied aspect of human communication: argumentation. Far from the stereotypes of contentiousness or quarrelsomeness, argumentation is the study of reasons given by people to justify their acts or beliefs and to influence the thought or action of others. It is concerned with communication that seeks to persuade others through reasoned judgment. The course is introductory in that it does not presume any prior study of argumentation. Because all of us practice argumentation, however, the course is also sophisticated in that it offers a systematic analysis, a precise vocabulary, and a philosophical foundation for what all too often is an activity that we conduct intuitively and unconsciously.


This course surveys the history of the English language, from its origins as a dialect of Germanic- speaking peoples, through the literary and cultural documents of its 1,500-year span, to the state of American speech of the present day. In addition to surveying the spoken and written forms of the language over time, the course also focuses on larger social concerns about language use, variety, and change; the relationship between spelling and pronunciation; the notion of dialect and variation across geographical and class boundaries; the arguments concerning English as an official language and the status of standard English; the role of the dictionary in describing and prescribing usage; and the ways in which words change meaning, as well as the manner in which English speakers have coined and borrowed new words from other languages. 

This course focuses on the linguistic, literacy and educational aspects of CMC. It discusses the way humans communicate through Information Communication Technology (ICT) devices. Based on extensive research on how we use natural languages like English in social media, the course outlines new forms and ways of speaking, reading, and writing in an age in which there is a pervasive presence of ICT in offices and homes. It also discusses some extensive published researches on variation, representation, and change in English language in CMC.

This course is oriented towards a pragmatics of Englishes. As a pragmatics course, it covers an array of typical pragmatic topics, varying from the more formal to the more socio-cultural.      As an English language course, our learning modules do not attempt to be a systematic description of any particular English, but rather to show how pragmatic phenomena and concepts can be related to various Englishes. Unlike most introductory pragmatics course which give the impression that the pragmatic phenomena they discuss are general, applicable to many languages and cultures, – this is a course about pragmatics and the English language.