Linguistics 2244B
Second Language Acquisition

  • Syllabus -- TBA

Antirequisite(s): Spanish 3319A/B.
Prerequisite(s): One of Anthropology 1027A/B, Linguistics 2288A/B, Spanish 3303A/B, or both French 2805A/B and French 2806A/B or permission of the program.


Lightbown, P. & N. Spada. (2013). How Languages are Learned (Fourth Edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Course Content and Aims:

This course has a Community Engaged Learning Component (see below).

This course has three branches: review of experimental research as carried out by others; experimental research as conceived and carried out by you; and application to real life situations, the community. In the first of these we will review, based on the textbook and recent articles, what we know about second language acquisition. For the second part, in groups you will develop a research project that you will carry out and report on. For the third part you will work with a member of the community that wants to practice English (ling2244) or Spanish (SP3319).

The course begins with 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 (tentative):

Readings, preparation, participation 10
Mid term exam   40
Oral presentation 1 + two page summary of presentation or PowerPoint (2) 20
Group project