INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Graduate Study - Faculty of Education and Humanities
3+2 English Language and Literature Master
2011-2012

SYLLABUS
Code Name Level Year Semester
ELT 531 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition Studies Graduate 1 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Area Elective 7.5 2 + 2 0 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Melih Karakuzu, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Azamat Akbarov, Prof. Dr.
[email protected] no email

COURSE OBJECTIVE
This course is a general introduction to scientific research into how people learn a second language. Although the course is designed to be accessible to students from a wide variety of backgrounds, some knowledge of the linguistic structure of English will be assumed. Second language acquisition, or SLA, is a theoretical and experimental field of study which, like first language acquisition studies, looks at the phenomenon of language development -- in this case the acquisition of a second language. The term \"second\" includes \"foreign\" and \"third\", \"fourth\" (etc.). Since the early nineteen seventies, SLA researchers have been attempting to describe and explain the behavior and developing systems of children and adults learning a new language.

COURSE CONTENT
Week
Topic
  1. •First Language Acquisition, SLA
  2. •Age
  3. •Crosslinguistic Influences
  4. •The Linguistic Environment
  5. •Cognition
  6. •Development of Learner Language
  7. •Foreign Language Aptitude
  8. •Motivation
  9. •Social Dimensions of L2 Learning

LABORATORY/PRACTICE PLAN
Week
Topic

    TEACHING/ASSESSMENT
    Description
    • Lectures
    • Practical Sessions
    • Excersises
    • Presentation
    • Seminar
    • Project
    • Assignments
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Project110
    Midterm Exam(s)130
    Presentation110
    Final Exam1
    Total: 50
    Learning outcomes
    • •Firstly, it will enable you to conduct independent scientific investigation of a broad spectrum of issues linked to linguistics and L2 acquisition.
    • •Secondly, it will enable you to assess existing research in an independent manner.
    • •Finally, it will develop your ability to discuss a defined methodological issue in a systematic manner. The expected learning outcomes of the last part of the course are available.
    TEXTBOOK(S)
    • •Ortega, L. (2009). Understanding Second Language Acquisition. London: Hodder.
    • •Abrahamsson, N., & Hyltenstam, K. (2008). The robustness of aptitude effects in near-native second language acquisition. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 30, 481–509.

    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 Examination7,50
    Total Workload: 0
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 0