INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Education and Humanities
Department of English Language and Literature
2014-2015

SYLLABUS
Code Name Level Year Semester
ELT 222 Language Acquisition Undergraduate 2 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 5 3 0 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Vildana Dubravac, Assist. Prof. Dr. Vildana Dubravac, Assist. Prof. Dr.
[email protected] no email

COURSE OBJECTIVE
This course presents an overview of the theories of first and second language acquisition (e.g. behaviorism, innatism, information processing, connectionism, and the interactionist position) and focuses on the developmental stages and sequences of first and target language acquisition. Comparison of second language acquisition in children and in adults; identifying developmental sequences in first language acquisition; stages in second language morpho-syntactic development; processes in second language acquisition; learner characteristics and individual variation in ultimate attainment in second language acquisition.

COURSE CONTENT
Week
Topic
  1. Introduction to the course
  2. Language learning in early childhood
  3. Theories of first language acquisition
  4. Second language learning
  5. Second language learning
  6. Individual differences in second language learning
  7. Individual differences in second language learning
  8. Explaining second language learning
  9. Observing learning and teaching in the second language classroom
  10. Second language learning in the classroom
  11. Second language learning in the classroom
  12. Popular ideas about language learning
  13. Grammar acquisition
  14. Vocabulary acquisition
  15. Course review

LABORATORY/PRACTICE PLAN
Week
Topic

    TEACHING/ASSESSMENT
    Description
    • Lectures
    • Practical Sessions
    • Excersises
    • Presentation
    • Project
    • Assignments
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Project110
    Midterm Exam(s)130
    Final Exam150
    +attendance and participation110
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • identify major issues in current SLA research and theory
    • discuss problems and challenges in current research and theory
    • describe how the field developed historically, including major trends in research/theories, major figures)
    • summarize the important studies and basic ideas of research studies
    • analyze second language learner data from multiple perspectives
    TEXTBOOK(S)
    • Lightbown, P. (2013). How languages are learned (Fourth edition.). Oxford: Oxford University Press

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week) 0
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week) 0
    Midterm Examination (1 week) 0
    Final Examination(1 week) 0
    Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
    Preparation for Final Examination5 0
    Assignment / Homework/ Project 0
    Seminar / Presentation 0
    Total Workload: 0
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 0