Stages of Language Acquisition

STAGES OF LANGUAGE ACQUISITION

1. Stages of LA

 

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TEACHING GRAMMAR AS A COMMUNICATIVE RESOURCE

Description

DESCRIPTION

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This graduate course is designed with the purpose of providing a general overview of the field of Second Language Acquisition in Formal Instruction Contexts. It will deal with key issues and both internal and external factors in adult language acquisition of one and more than one language (L1, L2), in a variety of multilingual contexts. Apart from the conditions imposed by the language systems internally, there are individual factors which affect linguistic development (variables such as age, attitude, motivation, cognitive style, aptitude, etc.); moreover there are external factors that additionally influence language knowledge (input conditions, learning contexts, etc.). The main goal of the course is to gain an understanding of the nature of language acquisition processes and factors and to relate them to general learning theories identifying cognitive, social and linguistic variations.

Syllabus

SYLLABUS

Syllabus 2013 H.Roquet

 

  • Session 1 (October 7)

Course presentation: syllabus and assessment procedure. Ice-breaking debate on the basis of an open questionnaire on SLA and language teaching. Stages of development in language acquisition.

 

  • Session 2 (October 9)

Theories and foundations of SLA

The communicative approach

Reading:

Mitchell, R & Myles, F. (1998) The recent history of SLL research.

Pérez, C. (2002) An introductory note: input and interaction in language acquisition.

Canale, M. (1983) From communicative competence to communicative language pedagogy.

Seminar 1b: Error treatment in SLA. Task 

 

  • Session 3 (October 11)

Input, interaction and output

Error treatment

Reading:

De Graaf, R. & Housen, A. (2009) Investigating the effects and effectiveness of L2 instruction.

Ellis, R. (2006) Researching the effects of Form-Focused Instruction on L2 Acquisition

Seminar 1a: Error treatment in SLA. Task

 

  • Session 4 (October 16)

Individual factors in SLA: age, aptitude, attitude, motivation, gender and cognitive style.

Reading:

Oxford, R. (1993) Second language research on individual differences.

Dörnyei, Z. & Skehan, P. (2003) Individual differences in SLL.

Skehan, P. (1998) Learning style.

Skehan, P. (1998) Learners, learning and pedagogy.

Lightbown, P & Spada, N. (1993) Factors affecting second language learning.

Seminar 2b: Individual differences in SLA. A case study

 

  • Session 5 (October 18)  

Documentary: Genie (Secret of the Wild Child)

Forum

Feedback

Seminar 2a: Individual differences in SLA. A case study

 

Theories and Foundations of SLA

THEORIES AND FOUNDATIONS OF SLA

2.Theories & Foundations SLA 

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History of Communicative Competence

HISTORY OF COMMUNICATIVE COMPETENCE

The Communicative Approach

THE COMMUNICATIVE APPROACH

COMMUNICATIVE LANGUAGE TEACHING 7/23

Stephen Krashen on Language Acquisition

INPUT, INTERACTION, OUTPUT, ERRORS

3.Input, interaction, errors & output

 

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COMPREHENSIBLE INPUT HYPOTHESIS (STEPHEN KRASHEN)