Course outline_ENG607_Second Language Acquisition

 

COURSE OUTLINE

 

Title:                    Second Language Acquisition

Course code:       ENG607

No. of credits:      3 credits

 

1. COURSE OVERVIEW

This course will provide MA students with an overview of research in SLA, which visualizes the development of SLA as a research field from the late 1960s through the 1980s. These studies addressed different factors in the acquisition of a second/ foreign language, covering topics such as interlanguage development and variation, linguistic universals, input, interaction and output, instructed second language learning, and non-language influences. This course also involves course participants in discussions of how SLA research helps teachers and tasks that enhance their ability to analyze classroom communication for professional development.. 

2. COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • understanding how language learners acquire a second/foreign language in and out of the classroom
  • analyzing and solving classroom issues related to Second Language Acquisition
  • developing critical thinking and lifelong learning skills

3. TOPIC DESCRIPTIONS

  • Language learning in early childhood
  • Explaining second language learning
  • Individual differences in second language learning
  • Learner language
  • Observing learning and teaching in the second language classroom
  • Second language learning in the classroom
  • Popular ideas about language learning revisited

4. MATERIALS

4.1. Required textbooks

  • Ellis, R. (1997). Second Language Acquisition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Lightbown, P.M. & Spada, N. (2006). How languages are learned. Oxford: Oxford University Press

4.2. Reference materials

  • Ellis, R. (2001). The study of Second language Acquisition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Tsui, A. B. M. (2003). Understanding expertise in teaching: Case studies of second language teachers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

5. ASSESSMENT

5.1     Midterm (50%)

  • Group presentation (10%)
  • Participation (10%)
  • Reflection paper 30(%)

5.2     Final (50%)

  • Final test

6. STUDENT WORKLOAD

  • Directed study:               45 periods
  • Independent Study:        135 periods

 
 
 
 
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