LING 351 - Second Language Acquisition
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
BS
Waitlist Capacity:
18
Advisory Prerequisites:
LING 111 or 210.
BS:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This is an introductory course in Second Language Acquisition (SLA). How adults learn, or fail to learn, a second language is a fascinating question. It involves much of what we know about human cognition, psychology, and language. How best to help learners acquire a second language is an equally important educational issue. In addition to all of the factors which play a role in child language acquisition, SLA also involves effects of variation in second language educational, social and usage environments, ages of acquisition, levels of learner cognitive and brain development, motivation, and language transfer.

This introductory course describes the development of Second Language Acquisition as a research discipline and then reviews current cognitive, linguistic, psychological, educational, and interactional perspectives. The relevance of all of these disciplines motivates the cross-listing of the course across the Departments of Linguistics, Psychology, and the English Language Institute, and one goal of the course is to learn from each others’ perspectives. Topics include the description of patterns of second language development and the degree to which there is consistency or variation across learners and languages, the question of modularity and the possibility of contributions of innate linguistic, cognitive, and functional universals, the degree to which language is learned and regularity emerges, connectionist and usage-based approaches to language acquisition, learning and instruction, critical periods and language acquisition, and sociocultural and sociolinguistic determinants.

There are two texts, the first which presents an overview of different theoretical perspectives on SLA, the second which applies SLA research and its implications in classroom contexts. The course is a lecture format with 2 exams and an empirical project, undertaken in groups, which investigates one aspect of SLA. There will be much opportunity for class discussion and participation.

LING 351 - Second Language Acquisition
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
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21425
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3Sr
5Jr
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 0194422240
How languages are learned, Author: Patsy M. Lightbown and Nina Sp, Publisher: Oxford Univ. Press 3. ed.,2. 2007
Required
ISBN: 0340807660
Second language learning theories, Author: Rosamond Mitchell; Florence My, Publisher: Arnold 2. ed. 2004
Required
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