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124095 VK BEd 09.2: VK Linguistics for Language Teachers (2021W)

Second Language Acquisition

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work
Tu 05.10. 18:15-19:45 Digital


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 18 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 12.10. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Tuesday 19.10. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Tuesday 09.11. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Tuesday 16.11. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Tuesday 23.11. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Tuesday 30.11. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Tuesday 07.12. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Tuesday 14.12. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Tuesday 11.01. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Tuesday 18.01. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Tuesday 25.01. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course offers an overview and introduction to research on foreign language (LX) users (Dewaele, 2018). Together, we will explore the mechanisms and influences underlying the state of living with two (or more) languages (Cook, 2016). Students will develop an understanding of how foreign 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 acquisition of an LX? Can all subsystems (e.g., morphosyntax & pronunciation) be acquired with the same ease/difficulty? Why do so many LX users sound foreign/speak with a foreign accent? How close to L1 (first language) users' way of using a language can we really get? Does "the sooner the better" hold true in any case (Pfenninger & Singleton, 2017) and how do children differ from adults in these processes? This way students will gain knowledge on how additional languages are acquired and how language competence is developed and maintained.

After an initial input and discussion phase, in which students are familiarised with a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to SLA research and how to apply them to data from LX users of English, they will explore specific areas in more detail. For the bachelor thesis, students will choose a specific theoretical and methodological perspective and will undertake an analysis of data collected from LX users/learners of English (topic suggestions will be provided). BEd students who are not writing their bachelor thesis in this course will work on individual final assignments.

This course combines mini-lectures, on- & offline assignments, reading-based group work and discussion, and individual research work leading to a presentation and final written paper (either project paper or bachelor thesis).

Assessment and permitted materials

Continuous assessment

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Course evaluation is based on:
(A) Class participation, assignments and presentations (cut off point 60%)
(B) Bachelor paper or final assignment (cut off point 60%)

The minimum requirements for passing the course are:
(a) regular class attendance (max. 2 missed sessions)
(b) handing in assignments on time
(c) active engagement in project work and presentation
(d) handing in the bachelor paper or final assignment (on time)
(e) refraining from plagiarism in all tasks
(f) attaining pass levels on both A and B (see above)

Examination topics

Continuous assessment

Reading list

Information on the required readings will be provided on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

Studium: BEd 046/407
Code/Modul: BEd 09.2
Lehrinhalt: 12-4692

Last modified: We 22.09.2021 15:36