The course will introduce students to what is known about how languages are learned. We look at the stages children go through in acquiring their first language and review the major theories which attempt to account for this remarkable achievement in order to investigate to what extent the theories of first language acquisition are reflected in the multitude of second language acquisition theories, briefly touching on some of the cognitive and sociocultural theories of language learning. We will also consider what makes a language learner successful, looking at factors such as intelligence, aptitude and age. We will then reflect on the idea of language learner language. Finally, we will analyse different classroom settings, language error, different types of error feedback and teacher questions. As the course draws to a close we will consider the implications of what we have learned for language teaching in schools, examining six different approaches to teaching English as a foreign language.
Teilnahmevoraussetzungen, notwendige Vorkenntnisse
It's advisable to have completed BM 3.1, at least, before taking this course.
Course book (please buy before first session): Lightbown, P. and Spada, N. (2013). How Languages are Learned. (4th ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0-19-454126-8