Second Language Acquisition


Course Objective

Students will be able to:
- gain insight into particular language acquisition theories/approaches
and compare these approaches to each other
- recognize educational methods related to language acquisition theories
- apply theoretical insights to educational practices
- analyze short data sets in Excel and present the results in a poster

Course Content

This course is focused on a particular set of questions related to the
research domain of second language acquisition. Are adult second
language learners able to learn a language in the same way as children
acquiring their first language? What is the role of innate language
principles? What is the effect of language education on the second
language acquisition process?
Topics of this course are among others:
- the (second language) acquisition of phonology, morphology, vocabulary
and syntax
- (psycho)linguistic approaches to language acquisition
- language input, language processing and language education
By focusing on recent and important studies, students will be able to
gain insights into the (second) language acquisition process and its
relation to the educational practice.

Teaching Methods

2 hours lecture, 2 hours seminar, 2 hours tutorial per week. Presence is
obligatory. If you attended less than 80% of the courses, a
complementary assignment must be handed in.

Method of Assessment

Exam assessing both theoretical knowledge and comprehension (85%).
Exercises of the tutorial courses and poster presentation (15%). All
components must be graded at least 5.5.

Entry Requirements

You must have completed the Introduction to Linguistics course or have
been admitted to the premaster Applied Linguistics (specialisation Dutch
as a second language)


Loewen, S. (2015). Introduction to Instructed Second Language
Acquisition. New York: Routledge.
Additional literature will be published in Canvas

Target Audience

2nd year BA CIS (track Language Learning and Language Teaching) and
premaster in Applied Linguistics (TTW)

Additional Information

Premaster's students in Applied Linguistics can opt for taking this
course through distance learning. Please inform the lecturer prior to
the course if you wish to do so.

General Information

Course Code L_WABACIW204
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. M. Bril
Examiner dr. M. Bril
Teaching Staff dr. M. Bril

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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