Second Language Acquisition

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Doel vak

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

Inhoud vak

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.


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.


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.

Vereiste voorkennis

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


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

Overige informatie

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.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode L_WABACIW204
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P2
Vakniveau 200
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. M. Bril
Examinator dr. M. Bril
Docenten dr. M. Bril

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