Ling 212: Second Language Acquisition
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This course provides students with a foundation in second language acquisition research. The course covers issues such as the effect of the age at which a second language is learned on the learner's rate of acquisition and attainment profile, the influence that the first language exerts on the acquisition of a second, the effects of language impairment and loss in second language grammars, and a number of psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic aspects of second language acquisition. Students also gain first-hand experience of second language research through a small-scale study they conduct into an area of second language knowledge. The course provides students with a solid background in SLA theory and training on some of the latest methodological tools in the field.
Option 1 : two 2,500 word assignments (40%) and exam (60%)
At the end of the first term students will be required to write a 2,500 word essay on a topic selected from a number of suggested titles (or one of their own choice when previously agreed on with the lecturer). During the second term the students will carry out group research on topics related to a proposed theme, and they will be assessed individually upon submission of a 2,500 word report on the project. Finally, they will sit an exam in the summer term. Alternatively, students may choose to write an 8,000-10,000 word dissertation based on their research project. More on the course assignments
Students taking this course should have done one or more of the following Part I components:
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19 October, 2004