INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Education and Humanities
Department of English Language and Literature
2017-2018

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 2 + 1 116

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Vildana Dubravac, Assist. Prof. Dr. assist. prof. Vildana Dubravac Vildana Dubravac, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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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 OBJECTIVE
The course is designed to give the ESL instructor a perspective on practices, research, and theory in the field of ESL so that he or she can:
• explore personal beliefs about learning and teaching,
• gain an understanding of how children/adults learn and acquire languages,
• build an awareness for ESL pedagogy and an appreciation for lesson planning,
• discover tools and resources to continue self- directed, professional development.

COURSE CONTENT
Week
Topic
  1. introduction
  2. Language learning in early childhood
  3. Explaining first language acquisition
  4. Discussion, revision
  5. Second Language learning
  6. Explaining second language learning
  7. Discussion, revision
  8. Individual learners differences 1
  9. Individual learners differences 2
  10. Discussion, revision
  11. Observing learning and teaching in the second language classroom
  12. Second language learning in the classroom
  13. Some popular ideas about language acquisition
  14. Discussion, revision

LABORATORY/PRACTICE PLAN
Week
Topic
  1. Introduction to the practical sessions: projects and syllabus overview
  2. Project presentations; discussion and activities based on the project topics
  3. Project presentations; discussion and activities based on the project topics
  4. discussion, revision
  5. Project presentations; discussion and activities based on the project topics
  6. Project presentations; discussion and activities based on the project topics
  7. discussion, revision
  8. Project presentations; discussion and activities based on the project topics

  1. Project presentations; discussion and activities based on the project topics
  2. discussion, revision
  3. Project presentations; discussion and activities based on the project topics
  4. Project presentations; discussion and activities based on the project topics
  5. Project presentations; discussion and activities based on the project topics
  6. discussion, revision

TEACHING/ASSESSMENT
Description
  • Interactive Lectures
  • Practical Sessions
  • Excersises
  • Presentation
  • Discussions and group work
  • Student debates
  • Assignments
Description (%)
Method Quantity Percentage (%)
Total: 0
Learning outcomes
  • • Understand the process of first language acquisition, including familiarity with key developments in the phonological, lexical, morphological, syntactic and pragmatic realms
  • • Understand the various theories of language acquisition,
  • • Understand the process of language acquisition, including the potential factors and effects.
  • • Understand what constitutes a language disorder.
TEXTBOOK(S)
  • Lightboun, P., Spada, N. (2013). How languages are learned (4th edition). Oxford University Press.

ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)14228
Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)14114
Midterm Examination (1 week)122
Final Examination(1 week)122
Preparation for Midterm Examination11515
Preparation for Final Examination11515
Assignment / Homework/ Project31030
Seminar / Presentation11010
Total Workload: 116
ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 5