In this course, we will apply the study of fields familiar from the Grundkurs – phonology, morphology, syntax, etc. – to the problem of learning languages. Second Language Acquisition is an active field of linguistic research, and relevant to any student of language. We will not confine ourselves to one theory, but study a range of different approaches and investigate all aspects of the acquisition of English as a second language.
Note that this is not a Fachdidaktik course. Our focus will not be on the practical methods of language teaching, but on the linguistic theories behind them. The course is certainly particularly relevant to future teachers, but BA students are also welcome.
Please be aware that this course will have weekly reading assignments as well as other homework tasks. Coming to class prepared will be necessary for successful participation.