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122049 PS Proseminar Linguistics 2 / Linguistics (2016W)

Second Language Acquisition

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

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Details

max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Donnerstag 06.10. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Donnerstag 13.10. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Donnerstag 20.10. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Donnerstag 27.10. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Donnerstag 03.11. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Donnerstag 10.11. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Donnerstag 17.11. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Donnerstag 24.11. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Donnerstag 01.12. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Donnerstag 15.12. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Donnerstag 12.01. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Donnerstag 19.01. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Donnerstag 26.01. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09

Information

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

This course takes an interdisciplinary account of the broad and complex topic of second language acquisition (SLA). The relevance of the topic lies in society itself as the "knowledge of more than one language in the same mind" - also referred to as "the linguistic idea of multi-competence" (Cook 1991) - describes the life and reality of numerous people nowadays. The course is meant to enable a better understanding of the mechanisms and influences underlying the state of living with two (or more) languages. Students will develop an understanding of how second languages are learned and will be introduced to some of the key questions in SLA research: Which neurological, cognitive and sociopsychological aspects influence a learner's success in acquiring a second language (L2)? Can all subsystems (e.g. morphosyntax & pronunciation) be acquired with the same ease/difficulty? Why do so many L2 users sounds foreign/speak with a foreign accent? How close to native speakers' way of using a language can we really get? Is it true that the early bird catches the worm more easily and does 'the sooner the better' really hold true, when a foreign accent is to be avoided (Peltzer-Karpf, 2003)? Are children better at learning foreign languages in any case and how do they differ from adults in this respect? This way students will gain knowledge on how additional languages are acquired, how language competence is developed and maintained, but also the opposite will be of interest: attrition (how, when and why competence in a language can be lost).
Furthermore, we will also link the aforementioned to cross-cultural communication: The fact that "le langage a un côté individuel et un côté social, et l'on ne peut concevoir l'un sans l'autre" (de Saussure 1916: 24) will accompany us throughout the whole term - a fact which definitely has to be taken into consideration when attempting to approach the issue of SLA in an adequate way. Not only do researchers have to bear in mind that language is always changing in an individual as well as in the context of a community, but in the case of L2 (or LX) users, on who the focus is laid here, these changes are even more complex: The languages are not to be regarded as isolated from each other and so are the changes. They are in constant interplay making it a unique state of being (cf. Cook 2006).

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

The participants are expected to give a poster presentation of their individual topics in class (at the end of the term) that can serve as a basis for general discussion and to prepare a term paper; in-class participation.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

The course is meant to provide students with background on acquiring a second language or additional languages on various levels (e.g. age of onset of acquisition, cognitive organisation, proficiency, socio-cultural background) and to give them an insight into various topics covered by SLA researchers. In this way, they will develop a profound understanding of said topics which will enable them to critically analyse and reflect upon them. The primary aim is to help students with the navigation in the world of SLA and multilingualism and to prepare them for independent fieldwork.

After having completed the course, students should be able to
- name relevant theoretical approaches
- specify cognitive, neurological, socio-cultural as well as psychological aspects connected to SLA and multilingualism
- identify basic literature
- critically analyse scientific papers in the field
- find relevant literature on a specific topic/question
- give a successful (poster) presentation on a chosen topic
- write a term paper

This interactive course involves discussions, group work and presentations. Course evaluation is based on regular attendance (max. 2 absences), class participation (smaller assignments, in-class participation) 10%, an oral in-class presentation 25%, a paper proposal 20% and a written seminar paper 45%.

Prüfungsstoff

interactive (e.g. seminar, course: conveying knowledge by presentations, discussions etc.)

The first sessions provide a state-of-the art primer on this vast research discipline, where the topics for the later student presentations will be introduced. Additionally, video and audio materials as well as interactive tasks will be used to raise participants' awareness and to serve as triggers for discussion.

Literatur

An extended reading list will be given to given to the participants in the first session.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Studium: BA 612; BEd 046 / 407
Code/Modul: BA06.1; BEd 09.1
Lehrinhalt: 12-2042

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:33