Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Second Language Acquisition ELT 108 2 5 + 0 5 6
Precondition Courses <p>None</p>
Recommended Optional Courses <p>None</p>
Course Language English
Course Level Bachelor's Degree
Course Type Compulsory
Course Coordinator Prof.Dr. FİRDEVS KARAHAN
Course Lecturers
Course Assistants

Res. Assist. Burcu Koç

 

Course Category Available Basic Education in the Field
Course Objective

The present course aims to introduce basic concepts and terms related to first and second language acquisition to first-year students. Moreover, it requires the students to relate the terms to one another and acquire a holistic view of the language acquisition process. Upon setting the foundations, the students are supposed to have a close look at the phenomenon of language acquisition from the viewpoints of linguistics, psychology, and sociology. They are required to have a better understanding of the founding names in each field, details regarding their views, and examples. The students should be able to produce alternative responses to the following questions in the light of the attainments they have gained;

1. What exactly does the L2 learner come to know?
2. How does the learner acquire this knowledge?
3. Why are some learners more successful than others?

Course Content

This course includes fundamental concepts of learning and language learning in relation with language teaching. The topics discussed in this course are; language, learning and teaching, first language acquisition, age and acquisition, human learning, child learning and explanations for child language learning, adult language learning, styles and strategies, personality factors, sociocultural factors, cross linguistic influence and learner language, communicative competence, theories of second language acquisition.

# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 The students are able to define the term of language acquisition according to the views of different branches. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing, Homework,
2 - compare and contrast the theories of first and second language acquisition, Discussion, Question-Answer, Lecture, Homework, Testing,
3 - explain the differences between the first and second language acquisition. Discussion, Question-Answer, Lecture, Homework, Testing,
4 - make a relation between the basic concepts of language acquisition and language teaching methods Brain Storming, Discussion, Question-Answer, Lecture, Testing, Homework, Performance Task,
5 - analyze the phenomenon of language acquisition from the viewpoints of linguistics, psychology, sociology; and explain their approaches to SLA in a comparative way. Discussion, Question-Answer, Lecture, Homework, Testing,
6 - answer the primary questions regarding language acquisition and provide the explanations with further examples. Drilland Practice, Discussion, Question-Answer, Lecture, Homework, Testing,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 A Brief Introduction to SLA Introducing SLA; Pg. 1-6
2 Foundations of SLA Introducing SLA; Pg. 7-32
3 The Linguistics of SLA Introducing SLA; Pg. 33-56
4 The Linguistics of SLA Introducing SLA; Pg. 56-70
5 The Psychology of SLA: Languages and the Brain, Learning Processes Introducing SLA; Pg. 71-86
6 The Psychology of SLA: Complexity Theory, Differences in Learners, the Effects of Multilingualism Introducing SLA; Pg. 86-102
7 Social Contexts of SLA: Communicative Competence, Microsocial Factors Introducing SLA; Pg. 105-126
8 Social Contexts of SLA: Macrosocial Factors Introducing SLA; Pg. 126-139
9 Midterms Week
10 Acquiring Knowledge for L2 Use: Competence and Use, Academic vs Inperpersonal Competence Introducing SLA; Pg. 141-162
11 Acquiring Knowledge for L2 Use: Receptive and Productive Activities Introducing SLA; Pg. 162-181
12 L2 Learning and Teaching: Integrating Perspectives Introducing SLA; Pg. 183-188
13 L2 Learning and Teaching: Approaching Near-Native Competence and Implications for L2 Learning and Teaching Introducing SLA; Pg. 188-195
14 Review and Preparation for the Final Test The Whole Book
Resources
Course Notes <p>Brewster, J., Ellis, G. And D. Girard. 1992. The primary English Teachers Guide. London: Penguin English.<br /><br />Broughton, G. And C. Brumfit. 1980. Young Children Learning English. In Flavell, R., Hill, P. And A. Pincas (eds.) Teaching English as a Foreign Language. London: Routledge &amp; Kegan Paul.<br /><br />Brown, H. Douglas. 2000. Principles of language Learning and Teaching. 4th Ed. Longman. NY.<br /><br />Brumfit, C. 1995. Introduction: Teaching English to Children. In Brumfit, C., Moon, J. And R. Tongue (eds.) Teaching English to Children. Essex: Longman.<br /><br />Ellis, G. 1995. Learning to Learn. In Brumfit, C., Moon, J. And R. Tongue (eds.) Teaching English to Children. Essex: Longman</p> <p>Fromkin, V. And R. Rodman. 1988. An Introduction to Language. 4th Ed. USA: Holt, Rinehart, Winston.</p> <p>Hudson, Grover. 2000. Essential Introductory Linguistics. Blackwell. UK.</p> <p>Lightbown, P. And N. Spada. 1993. How Languages are Learned. Oxford: Oxford University Press.<br /><br />McManis, C. And D. Stollenwerk, Z. Zheng-Sheng. 1987. Language Files. USA: Advocate Publishing Group.<br /><br />Tough, J. 1995. Young Children Learning Languages. In Brumfit, C., Moon, J. And R. Tongue (eds) Teaching English to Children. Essex: Longman.<br /><br />Tough, J. 1995. Talk Two: Children using English as a second language. Cardiff: Drake.<br /><br />Trask, R.L. 1999. Language: The Basics. 2nd Ed. GB: Routledge.<br /><br />Yule, George. 1996. The Study of Language. 2nd Ed. GB: Cambridge.<br /><br />Williams, M. 1998. Ten principles for teaching English to young learners. IATEFL Newsletter 142.<br /><br />Williams, M. 1995. A framework for teaching English to young learners. In Brumfit, C., Moon, J. And R. Tongue (eds.) Teaching English to Children. Essex: Longman</p>
Course Resources

Saville-Troike, Muriel. (2012). Introducing second language acquisition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Order Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 A graduate of the department is able to plan teaching processes.
2 A graduate of the department possesses the skill in organizing appropriate environments for English teaching.
3 A graduate of the department can evaluate materials and resources that are relevant to English teaching with a critical viewpoint.
4 A graduate of the department employs appropriate methods and techniques for English teaching.
5 A graduate of the department decides on the feasibility of software and other technological resources to be utilized in English teaching
6 A graduate of the department chooses the suitable learning strategies considering the personal traits of the students.
7 A graduate of the department develops writing, reading, speaking and listening skills of the students.
8 A graduate of the department uses measurement and assessment instruments in an effective way.
9 A graduate of the department generates solutions for the educational, social and economic problems of the society.
10 A graduate of the department questions to what degree s/he possesses the required qualifications of a teacher.
11 A graduate of the department follows the academic studies conducted in the field for his personal development.
12 A graduate of the department conveys his ideas on the significance of intercultural communication in the process of learning English as a foreign language.
13 A graduate of the department indicates the ways of digging up information that are compulsory for life-long learning.
14 A graduate of the department generates foreign language tests.
15 A graduate of the department designs original activities promoting the use of English in the daily life.
Evaluation System
Semester Studies Contribution Rate
1. Proje / Tasarım 100
Total 100
1. Yıl İçinin Başarıya 60
1. Final 40
Total 100
ECTS - Workload Activity Quantity Time (Hours) Total Workload (Hours)
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 16 5 80
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 16 3 48
Mid-terms 1 2 2
Quiz 2 2 4
Assignment 1 15 15
Final examination 1 2 2
Total Workload 151
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 6.04
dersAKTSKredisi 6