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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION (THE COURSE OUTLINE)

1. SUBJECT: Second Language Acquisition.

2. CREDITS: 2

3. LECTURER : Dr. Amrin Batubara, S.Pd., M.Pd..

4. DEPARTMENT: English and Science Dept.

5. The General Objectives:
The course is designed to develop the students’ awareness of the close relationship between language acquisition understanding and the improvement of current language teaching practice and the contribution of SLA researches to the theoretical and practical advancement in education, linguistics and psychology.


6. The Schedules and Materials:

Meeting 1: Introduction
a. Definition of Terms
b. Key Issues in SLA
c. Background
d. Importance of Knowing SLA

Meeting 2: The role of the first language (Group 1)
a. Behaviorist Learning Theory
b. Contrastive Analysis
c. The First Language Interference as a Learner Strategy

Meeting 3: Interlanguage (Group 2)
a. Language and Latent Structures
b. Fossilization
c. Five Central Processes

Meeting 4: Individual Learner Differences and SLA (Group 3)
a. Aspects of SLA Influenced by Individual Learner Factors.
b. Identification and Classification of Learner Factors
c. Personal Factors
d. Group Dynamics
e. Attitude to the Teacher and Course Materials
f. Individual Learning Techniques
g. General Factors
h. Intelligence and Aptitude
i. Attitude and Motivation
j. Personality

Meeting 5: Language Environment (Group 4)
a. Macro-Environmental Factors
b. The Learner’s Role in Communication
c. Availability of Concrete Referents
d. Target Language Model
e. Micro-Environmental Factors
f. Role of Micro-Environmental Factors.

Meeting 6: Input, Interaction and SLA (Group 5)
a. Three Views on Input in Language Acquisition
b. ‘Motherese’ and L1 Acquisition
c. Input and Interaction in Natural Settings
d. Input and Interaction in Classroom Settings
e. The Role of Input and Interaction in SLA
f. The Effects of Input and Interaction on the Route of SLA

Meeting 7: Acquisition Order (Group 1)
a. Child Studies
b. Adult Studies
c. Comparison with First Language Acquisition
d. Simple and Embedded Wh-Questions
e. Reflexive Pronouns
f. Variability

Meeting 8: Mid Test

Meeting 9: The Universal Hypothesis and SLA (Group 2)
a. Linguistic Universals and L1 Acquisition
b. Linguistic Universals and SLA
c. Linguistic Universals in Interlanguage
d. Linguistic Universals and L1 Transfer
e. Problems with Universal Hypothesis

Meeting 10: The Role of Formal Instruction in SLA (Group 3)
a. The effects of Formal Instruction on the Route of SLA
b. The effects of Formal Instruction on the Success of SLA
c. The Absolute Effects of Formal Instruction in SLA
d. The Role of Instruction in SLA

Meeting 11: Theories of SLA (Group 4)
a. The Acculturation Model
b. Accommodation Theory
c. Discourse Theory
d. The Monitor Model
e. The Variable Competence Model
f. The Universal Hypothesis
g. A Neurofunctional Theory

Meeting 12: SLA Research Methods (Group 5)
a. Qualitative versus Quantitative Methodologies
b. Selection of Research Design
c. Setting
d. Instrumentation: Production Data Elicitation
e. Instrumentation: Institution Data Elicitation
f. Instrumentation: Use of Miniature Languages
g. Instrumentation: Affective Variables
h. Measuring Learner Performance

Meeting 13 – 15: General Review and Feedback

Meeting 16: Final Test

7. References:
a. Rod. Ellis (1987).“Understanding Second Language Acquisition” Oxford: Oxford University Press.

b. Heidi Dulay, Marina Burt & Stephen Krashen (1981).“Language Two” Oxford: Oxford University Press.

c. Diane Larsen, Freeman & Michael, H. Long (1991).
“An Introduction to Second Language Acquisition Research” New York:
Longman Ltd.

8. Activities: Lecturing, discussion and internet browsing.

9. The Evaluation System:
A = Assignment scores
Q = Quiz scores
M = Middle test score
F = Final test score

The Final Score = { ( 4 x A+Q ) + ( 2 x M ) + ( 4 x F ) } : 10

The Grade Intervals:
A ≥ 90; AB = 80 - 89; B = 70 - 79
BC = 60 - 69; C = 50 - 59; D = 40 - 49 E≤ 39

NOTES:
- Attendance ≥ 80 % of the total meetings

- All discussion papers and power point slights must be submitted by the end of the third session.

- Papers and power point slights of the presentation, in flash disks or cd rooms, must be submitted by the end of the 13th session.

- The final assignments are collectively bonded together and must be submitted before the final test.

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