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160135 SE Empirical Seminar of Research in Language Teaching, Language Learning and Language Policy I (2019S)

Interdisziplinäre Ansätze zu Sprachbegabung, Zweitspracherwerb/Fremdsprachenlernen und Zwei- bzw. Mehrsprachigkeit - ein Forschungsseminar

Continuous assessment of course work


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


max. 30 participants
Language: German, English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 15.03. 13:00 - 17:15 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Friday 29.03. 13:00 - 17:15 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Friday 17.05. 13:00 - 17:15 Seminarraum 6 Sensengasse 3a 2.OG
Friday 24.05. 13:00 - 17:15 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Friday 07.06. 13:00 - 17:15 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

This is a seminar for students interested into current research of individual differences in aptitude/ability of second / multiple language acquisition and language learning in more informal or non-formal settings. The seminar will concentrate on aspects of language aptitude from an interdisciplinary perspective (classical SLA concepts, aptitude testing, psychology of language learning, psycholinguistics, cognitive neuroscience), and on more general issues in foreign language learning, backed up by practical insights into this topic by own research projects of the students on topics of their own choice.

Assessment and permitted materials

field work (including testing participants and statistical analysis of data), project presentations, all-class discussions of project presentations, group discussions, final paper, final exam, (active participation during class is assessed as well).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Mindestanforderungen: since this is a "prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung", permanent active participation is required (missing classes restricted to max 2 classes, equaling 180 minutes); In this case of a blocked seminar, missing will be strictly handled and should be avoided.
This course aims at introducing the participants to the subfield of SLA-research aptitude and individual differences (ID) research with special focus on polyglotism and field research, providing practical background information and insights into the nature of research on language aptitude/learning as well as familiarizing with recent and ongoing research in the field and the tools used (testing, statistics). A further aim of this course is to sensitize participants towards the importance of individual differences in language learning for the teaching of foreign languages and the implications for language teaching and language education, especially in non-formal settings. The course should be highly interactive with students elaborating own topics and reporting/discussing them in class and forming interest-groups.

Examination topics

introductory lectures, student presentations of primary / secondary research, group discussions, seminar paper, test.

Reading list

A list of required (as well as optional/suggested) readings will be provided online and at the beginning of the course and on Moodle platform and is already available in the Handapparat.
related books: 1) Dogil, Grzegorz and Reiterer, Susanne Maria, eds. (2009). Language Talent and Brain Activity. Trends in Applied Linguistics 1. Mouton de Gruyter: Berlin, New York.
2) Reiterer, Susanne Maria, ed. (2018). Exploring Language Aptitude: Views from Psychology, the Language Sciences, and Cognitive Neuroscience. English Language Education Series. Springer-Nature, Heidelberg: In press (forthcoming).

Association in the course directory


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