Fall 2019 - EDUC 825 G001
Second Language Learning and Education (5)
Class Number: 1101
Delivery Method: In Person
A survey of major theories of Second Language Learning (SLL) to date, including the conceptualizations of language, learning and the learner, and their applications and implications in second/additional language teaching and learning in various contexts over time and today.
This course will introduce major theories of second language acquisition (SLA), which conceptualize language, learning, and the learner, but with a focus on learning. This course will critically examine major theories of learning, particularly the application of Vygotskian sociocultural theory in teaching English as an additional language (EAL) to inform the practices of using and learning languages in today’s multilingual world.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
- To become familiar with, and develop a contextualized and critical understanding of major learning theories in SLA, both the mainstream and the critical ones;
- To help participants to develop a critical awareness of one’s own assumptions of SLA and its impact on one’s learning, using and teaching EAL in relevant contexts ;
- To develop a critical understanding of how various theories of SLA have shaped and continue to shape language teaching and learnin.
- Meaningful and thoughtful participation and contributions 15%
- Language autobiography 15%
- Group Facilitation 25%
- Final paper /project 45%
Instructions for each assignment and associated grading criteria will be discussed in detail in class.
Grading criteria will be discussed in detail in class.
University Press. ISBN: 9780300129410. *** This text is downloadable as an ebook via the SFU library***
Swain, Merrill., Kinnear, Penny., & Steinman, Linda (2011). Sociocultural theory in second language education: an introduction through narratives. Bristol; Buffalo: Multilingual Matters. ISBN: 9781847693303
Additional readings will be available through SFU library, or electronically on Canvas.
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