LINGUIST 4B03 SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2013/2014
Instructor: Dr. Vikki Cecchetto
Office: Togo Salmon Hall 602
Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23761
Office Hours: Fri. 10-11, or by appointment
- Course Objectives
- Textbooks, Materials & Fees
- Method of Assessment
- Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties
- Additional Policies and Statements
- Topics and Readings
The primary goal of this course is to give students an introduction to the theoretical perspectives on second language acquisition (SLA) and to the effects of SLA on the first language. The course will teach the student to:
1) read SLA theories critically and present them to the class in a “conference” format
2) read about SLA’s effects on L1 critically and present them to the class
3) evaluate their peers’ presentations
4) investigate and assess their own SL characteristics
5) apply knowledge acquired in this course (and others) to prepare a research project on SLA
Since this is a seminar course designed to promote self-based and collaborative learning, it is essential that each student ensure that the readings are done faithfully each week so that:
1) you can contribute meaningfully to the discussion of the material being presented
2) think critically about how the topic / the theory was presented
3) thoughtfully question the framework used, i.e. the research questions/ hypotheses, the methods, results, conclusions, further research questions, etc.
4) apply the knowledge gained through the readings to understanding your own SLA profile and research project
Where appropriate, there will be an introduction to the material in lecture format by the instructor.
The Schedule for the course will be posted on the course website on Avenue after the first class. This will allow the instructor to learn the SL profile of each student and to establish the appropriate lecture content.
The Presentations and the Research Project will be group work. Detailed descriptions of the Presentation format and the Research Project Plan will be found on the course website on Avenue.
Textbooks, Materials & Fees:
Van Patten, B. & Williams, Jessica. Theories in Second Language Acquisition: An Introduction. Routledge, 2008. (All editions are acceptable.)
Cook, Vivian. Effects of the Second Language on the First. Multilingual Matters, 2003.
Method of Assessment:
Written Knowledge Assessments (5 x 5%): 25%
[Assessment Dates: Sept. 27, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Nov. 22 2013]
[Detailed descriptions of the Written Knowledge Assessments will be found on the course website on Avenue.
Group Presentation (peer evaluations: 10% + instructor evaluation: 15%): 25%
[Each student will be responsible for one component of the Presentation and their contribution is to be clearly identified.]
Group Research Project Plan & Bibliography (for each student): 15%
[Due: Oct. 18, 2013]
[Each student will be responsible for one component of the Research Project Plan and their contribution is to be clearly identified.]
Final Project: 35%
[Due: Nov. 28, 2013]
[Each student will be responsible for one component of the Research Project and their contribution is to be clearly identified.]
Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:
WRITTEN WORK AND LATE SUBMISSIONS:
1) Having to reschedule a class presentation, without prior notice and without the appropriate documentation from the Faculty/ Program Office, will result in a reduction of 10% from the presentation mark.
2) All written work will be marked on grammar, clarity of writing, and organization, as well as content and analysis. Detailed descriptions of each of the Grade Categories (i.e. what constitutes an A+, A, A- paper, etc.) will be found on the course website on Avenue.
3) Late assignments will be penalized 5% a day (weekends will count as one day).
4) Late penalties will not be waived unless your Faculty/Program Office advises the instructor that you have submitted to that office the appropriate documentation to support your inability to submit the work by the due date.
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- plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
- improper collaboration in group work.
- copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
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Topics and Readings:
TBA - as soon as group topics are submitted to instructor