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Universidad de Oriente Núcleo de Sucre Dpto. Idiomas Modernos Adquisición del Lenguaje

Prof. José M Colón Cel.: 0414-8179917 e-mail: josemcolon@hotmail.com Class hours: Tu 2 - 3:35/Th 3:40 - 5:15 pm Office hours: Tu & Th from 8:30 to 11:00 am

LANGUAGE ACQUISITION (007-5824) 2013 - I COURSE DESCRIPTION This is an introductory course to the field of first and second language acquisition with an emphasis on the latter. The course will seek to examine the processes that underlie the acquisition of first and second languages and the different theories that have been put forth to account for such processes. Similarly, it is expected that the different readings and discussions in the course help foster critical judgment in order to identify and address important issues in the field. COURSE OBJECTIVES General Examine some of the theories that have been put forward to account for first and second language acquisition.

Specific 1. Foster an understanding of the principles and processes that govern first and second language acquisition (SLA) and use. 2. Identify issues and problems in current SLA theory and research. 3. Develop the ability to think critically about language acquisition theories and research. 4. Do research on some of the processes that govern second language acquisition.

Course requirement and weighting In-class Participation Essays Quizzes Oral presentation Take-home tests Research paper 15 % 10 % 10 % 15 % 25 % 25 %

Tentative schedule
week Topic Readings Assignments

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Acquiring a first Language. Bennett, D (1985). Language Issues: Reading for teachers. New York. Longman Leading discussion group Q&A

First Language Acquisition

First language acquisition. Brown, D. (1980). Principles of language learning and teaching

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Linguistics and Language Learning: The Group discussion Universal Grammar Approach. Rosamond M., & Florence M. (2004). Second Language Learning Theories.

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Key issues in second language acquisition. Ellis, R. (1985). Understanding Second Language Acquisition Second Language Acquisition Lecture & class discussion The study of second language acquisition. Gass, S., & Selinker, L. (2001). Second Language Acquisition: An Introductory Course.

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5 The Role of First Language in SLA

The role of the native language: an historical overview. Gass, S., & Selinker, L. (2001). Second Language Acquisition: An Introductory Course. Leading discussion group The role of the first language. Ellis, R. (1985). Understanding Second Language Acquisition

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The nature of learner language. Ellis, R. (1985). Understanding Second Language Acquisition

Learner language analysis

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The Learner Language

Interlanguage. Ellis, R. (1985). Understanding Second Language Acquisition Error analysis – the study of learner’s interlanguage. Brown, D. (1980). Principles of language learning and teaching

Oral presentation

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1st Home test

week

Topic

Readings

Assignments

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Internal Factors affecting SLA

Personality and language learning. Brown, D. (1980). Principles of language learning and teaching

Oral presentation

Class discussion Factors affecting second language acquisition. Lightbown, P. & Spade, N. (1993). How languages are learned.

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External Factors affecting SLA

Explaining second language acquisition. Ellis, R. (1994). The study of Second Language Acquisition. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Sociocultural variables. Brown, D. (1980). Principles of language learning and teaching

Oral presentations

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Input, Interaction, and Output. Gass, S., & Class discussion Selinker, L. (2001). Second Language Acquisition: An Introductory Course.

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The input hypothesis. Krashen, S. (1985). The Input Hypothesis. New York. Longman The Monitor Model. Ellis, R. (1985). Understanding Second Language Acquisition Aculturation and Nativization Models. Ellis, R. (1985). Understanding Second Language Acquisition The Accommodation...
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