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Master 2019/2020

Second Language Acquisition

Category 'Best Course for Career Development'
Category 'Best Course for Broadening Horizons and Diversity of Knowledge and Skills'
Area of studies: Fundamental and Applied Linguistics
Delivered by: School of Linguistics
When: 2 year, 1, 2 module
Mode of studies: Full time
Master’s programme: Russian as a Foreign Language in Cross-Linguistic and Cross-Cultural Perspective
Language: English
ECTS credits: 3

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course (a) aims to develop students’ critical understanding of some general processes and principles of first and second multilingual language acquisition and (b) presents the different techniques used in the field of first and second multilingual language acquisition. The lectures analyse in detail the main theories of language acquisition, i.e. ‘nature’ and ‘nurture’ theories, the role of innate vs. acquired knowledge and their connection to the cognitive development. The work with the naturalistic data from the CHILDES data-bank and with the experimental evidence will provide students with the skills necessary to investigate the linguistic material, in general, and with the knowledge on the bilingual acquisition of lexicon, grammar and discourse, in particular.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • to introduce students to key notions of the main theories of language acquisition
  • to acquaintance students with goals and methods of language acquisition
  • to introduce students to main theories of first and second multilingual language acquisition
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • understands the main concepts and terms of second language acquisition
  • understands the key principles of language research within first and second multilingual language acquisition
  • reads and critically assesses current literature of the field of first and second multilingual language acquisition
  • makes empirical observations and theoretical generalizations (in English)
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Situation with multilingualism in the world
    Definitions of multilingualism, heritage languages, etc. Simultaneous vs. sequential types of acquisition.
  • Multilingual Lexicon
    Theories and methods in multilingual acquisition.
  • Experimental and Longitudinal data
    CHILDES database.
  • Morphology and syntax in multilingual acquisition
  • Discourse, Texts and Narratives
    Macrostructure and microstructure.
  • Typical and atypical multilingual language acquisition – how to differentiate?
    Multilingual assessment of language.
  • Tests for multilinguals
    NWR, SR, Literacy, Questionnaires.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking participation
  • non-blocking home assignment
  • non-blocking экзамен
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.4 * home assignment + 0.2 * participation + 0.4 * экзамен
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Keating, G. D. (2016). Second Language Acquisition: The Basics. New York: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1067690
  • Second Language Acquisition: An Introductory Course By: Gass, Susan M; Babb-Rosensfeld; Plonsky, Luke; Behney, Jennifer. Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-89478-4, 978-0-415-89495-1, 978-0-203-13709-3, 978-1-136-48877-1, 978-1-136-48879-5, 978-1-136-48880-1, 978-1-299-81206-2. Education (General).

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Baker, D. L., Basaraba, D. L., & Richards-Tutor, C. (2018). Second Language Acquisition: Methods, Perspectives and Challenges. New York: Nova. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1931448