SPAN 498: SPECIAL TOPICS IN SPANISH LINGUISTICS
SPANISH SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
In this course we will explore the process of second language acquisition from a theoretical and a research perspective, with a special focus on the learning of Spanish in an instructed setting. The questions we will address include: What are the differences between learning a first and a second language? What is the role of age in the process of second language acquisition? How do learner-related factors (aptitude, attitude, motivation, knowledge of other languages…) influence the learning process? What is the role of feedback? What is the role of explicit grammar teaching? How does learning a language in a study abroad setting compare to learning a language in the classroom?...
At the end of the course students will be familiar with the main concepts and theories in the field of Second Language Acquisition and will be able to conduct basic research tasks. They will also have developed a better understanding of their own Spanish language learning process.
The class will be conducted in Spanish and all written work must be submitted in Spanish.
Readings will be in Spanish and English, since they will include scientific research papers and these are usually published in English.