Linguistics 2244A
Second Language Acquisition


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Lightbown, P. & N. Spada. (2006). How Languages are Learned (Third Edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Course Content and Aims:
This course provides an overview of research on naturalistic and instructed second language acquisition (SLA). You will be given a short introduction to first language acquisition to show in what way SLA is similar or different. You will learn about different theories regarding acquisition, about the role of individual differences and about the main characteristics of learner language. You will be able to connect this body of knowledge to your own learning and to the situation of your Community Service Learning partner.

This is not a language pedagogy course. It will be largely based on empirical research and data, particularly in relation to English, Spanish and French SLA, although other languages may be touched on.

Mark Breakdown:

Assignments, readings, preparation, participation   10%
Mid term exam   30%
Oral presentation 1 + two page summary of presentation or PowerPoint (2) 10%
Presentation 2 (on CSL experience) 10%
(Written) reflection on CSL   10%
Community service learning evaluation by partners   5%
Group final project   20%


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