Second Language Acquisition Theory

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Second Language Acquisition Theory-第二語言習得理論
Fall/Spring
 Aims of the Course
1. Studying the complex pragmatic interactions between learners, and between
learners and native speakers. Examining how non-native language ability
develops, stabilizes, and undergoes attrition (forgetting, loss).
2. Carrying out a technical analysis and interpretation of all aspects of learner
language with the help of current linguistic theory.
3. Developing theories that are specific to the field of SLA that aim to account
for the many facets of non-native behavior
4. Testing hypotheses to explain second language behavior
 Course Objectives:
1. Introducing Second Language Acquisition
What is SLA?
What is a second language?
What is a first language?
Diversity in learning and learners
2. Foundations of Second Language Acquisition
The world of second languages
The nature of language learning
L1 versus L2 learning
The logical problem of language learning
Frameworks for SLA
3. The Linguistics of Second Language Acquisition
The nature of language
Early approaches to SLA
Universal Grammar
Functional approaches
4. The Psychology of Second Language Acquisition
Languages and the brain
Learning processes
Differences in learners
The effects of multilingualism
5. Social Contexts of Second Language Acquisition
Communicative competence
Microsocial factors
Macrosocial factors
6. Acquiring Knowledge for L2 Use
Competence and use
Academic vs. interpersonal competence
Components of language knowledge
Receptive activities
Productive activities
7. L2 Learning and Teaching
Integrating perspectives
Approaching near-native competence
Implications for L2 learning and teaching
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