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Synchronic Linguistics: Language Acquisition

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Jennifer Thorburn
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2015 -> 2017

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre de printemps
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0


After successfully completing this course, student will be able to:
- understand and apply essential concepts and theories about second language acquisition
- critically engage with language acquisition literature
- understand contextual factors in second language learning
- conduct a small-scale inquiry into an aspect of second language acquisition


This course introduces students to essential concepts related to language learning, with a focus on second language acquisition. A brief introduction to child language acquisition will be provided at the start, to familiarise students with first language acquisition processes and to provide contextualisation for second language learning. The majority of the course will be devoted to concepts and theories related to second language acquisition, including approaches to language acquisition, interlanguage, language learning in the classroom, the relationship between age and second language acquisition, and the importance of individual differences.

As part of this course, students will be expected to conduct an instrumental analysis of the acquisition of phonological features.


Hummel, Kirsten M. 2014. Introducing Second Language Acquisition: Perspectives and Practices. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Further readings will be provided via Moodle and will be found under the appropriate week. Supplementary material will also be posted to Moodle as appropriate.

Exigences du cursus d'études

Introduction to English Language and Linguistics (IELL)
Development of the English Language (DEL) Minimum B2 English

Informations supplémentaires


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