2020–2021 Winter Schedule Online Instruction Information

Please note that all Undergraduate Winter Term courses will be online.

General guidance

Most courses offered by the Linguistics Department will be delivered with a mix of synchronous and asynchronous methods. The synchronous components of a course are offered at a set time and involve “live” online teaching and class participation. Other course components may be delivered asynchronously, meaning that recordings and other materials will be posted on the course Canvas site and can be accessed at any time. This will allow flexibility for students who are not in Vancouver at this time.

While lectures and/or tutorials in many courses will be delivered synchronously, and synchronous online participation by the students will be strongly encouraged as much as possible, it is the position of the Department of Linguistics that a student’s ability to successfully complete their program should not be contingent on being able to participate synchronously at all times. As a department, we recognize that students may not be located in Vancouver and may have challenges with synchronous participation for a number of factors, regardless of their physical location. We encourage all students to reach out if they are having challenges with synchronous participation by contacting the Undergraduate Program Advisor, Will Sarmiento, or their instructors (once the term is in session).

For courses that have synchronous tutorials/labs, we ask that students register for both a lecture and a tutorial/lab section, and try to register in a section time that will work for them. However, we will be reaching out to students in courses with tutorials/labs closer to the start of term, and will consider the possibility of other times or arrangements at that time.

Note on synchronous courses and concurrent enrolment: The emergency of COVID-19 has forced our courses to be offered online in Winter 2020. Although we are making an effort to make our course content accessible to students who absolutely cannot participate synchronously due to this crisis, it is the position of the Department of Linguistics that synchronous components of courses add significantly to the overall pedagogical experience (see below). Furthermore, we have kept our course schedule as it would have been if courses were not being held online. Hence, we will not as a general rule allow students to concurrently enrol in two courses that both have synchronous components that are scheduled for the same time slot.

Benefits of participating synchronously include:

  • students having more motivation to engage with the materials regularly and keep up with course content if they are sticking to a regular course schedule (which is easy to let slip if they are participating only asynchronously);
  • students being able to benefit from direct engagement with the instructor in synchronous sessions, including being able to ask for clarification or feedback while they are actually thinking about and working on exercises;
  • students being able to learn from each other and participate in small group activities, discussing / explaining / questioning the material with their peers, which leads to better understanding;
  • students therefore also creating peer networks they may be able to rely on outside of the official class times, e.g. for forming study groups or working on projects together;
  • instructors having an easier time teaching effectively if they are able to interact with the students and get real-time feedback about which concepts people are struggling with and seeing what level of understanding and engagement students have.

Course delivery plans

Term 1: September–December

LING 100 – Lectures to be asynchronous, and tutorials to be synchronous (tutorial times to be re-evaluated in August as needed)

LING 101 – Lectures to be synchronous and interactive, but will be recorded to make asynchronous playback possible.

LING 170 – Lectures to be synchronous and interactive, but will be recorded to make asynchronous playback possible.

LING 200 – Lectures to be synchronous and interactive, but will be recorded to make asynchronous playback possible; tutorials synchronous at scheduled times and not recorded, but materials made available for independent working.

LING 222 –Lectures to be asynchronous, and tutorials to be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous.

LING 242 – Lectures to be synchronous and interactive, but will be recorded to make asynchronous playback possible; labs synchronous at scheduled times and not recorded, but materials made available for independent working.

LING 300 – Lectures to be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous, and tutorials to be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous (tutorials times to be re-evaluated in August as needed).

LING 311 – Lectures to be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous, and tutorials to be synchronous (tutorial times to be re-evaluated in August as needed)

LING 313 – Depending on the topic, lecture material will be pre-recorded and made available for viewing at students’ convenience or lectures will be synchronous and recorded. When lecture material is pre-recorded the scheduled lecture time will include synchronous (and recorded) discussion, Q&A, and joint practice. Labs will follow the same structure.

LING 327 – Lectures to be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous.

LING 333 – Lectures to be synchronous; several are planned to be pre-recorded and posted on Canvas.

LING 342 – Lectures to be synchronous and interactive, but will be recorded to make asynchronous playback possible.

LING 410 – Lectures to be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous.

LING 421 – Lectures to be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous.

LING 431 – Lectures and elicitation sessions to be synchronous.

LING 447C – Lectures to be synchronous.

LING 447U – Lectures to be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous.

LING 447V – Lectures to be synchronous.

LING 452 –Lectures to be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous (bi-weekly synchronous meetings).

ASL 100 – Lectures to be synchronous.

ASL 101 – Lectures to be synchronous.

 

Term 2: January–April

Subject to Change

LING 100 – Lectures to be asynchronous, and tutorials to be synchronous (tutorial times to be re-evaluated in December as needed)

LING 101 – Lectures to be synchronous and interactive, but will be recorded to make asynchronous playback possible.

LING 140 – TBA

LING 201 – Lectures to be synchronous and interactive, but will be recorded to make asynchronous playback possible; tutorials synchronous at scheduled times and not recorded, but materials made available for independent working.

LING 209 – TBA

LING 242 – Lectures to be synchronous and interactive, but will be recorded to make asynchronous playback possible; labs synchronous at scheduled times and not recorded, but materials made available for independent working.

LING 300 – Lectures to be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous, and tutorials to be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous (tutorials times to be re-evaluated in December as needed).

LING 311 – Lectures to be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous, and tutorials to be synchronous (tutorial times to be re-evaluated in December as needed)

LING 313 – Depending on the topic, lecture material will be pre-recorded and made available for viewing at students’ convenience or lectures will be synchronous and recorded. When lecture material is pre-recorded the scheduled lecture time will include synchronous (and recorded) discussion, Q&A, and joint practice. Labs will follow the same structure.

LING 345 – TBA

LING 405 – Lectures to be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous.

LING 425 – Lectures to be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous.

LING 432 – Lectures and elicitation sessions to be synchronous.

LING 433 – TBA

LING 445 – TBA

LING 447F – Lectures to be synchronous.

LING 447R – Lectures to be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous.

LING 451 – TBA

ASL 100 – Lectures to be synchronous.

ASL 101 – Lectures to be synchronous.

 

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