Spring 2020 - LING 810 G100

Topics in Linguistics I (3)

Language Learning and Technology

Class Number: 7864

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    RCB 5118, Burnaby



In-depth treatment of a selected area of Linguistics. Specific topics will vary from offering to offering.


This course examines research on the theory and practice of using digital media and the Internet (1) for teaching and learning second languages and cultures and (2) for developing digital literacies in general. We will discuss principles for integrating technology into second/foreign language teaching and for designing, developing and evaluating digital instructional materials and learner tasks.  

The new millennium generation of “digital natives” live and breathe digital. Digital technologies have become ubiquitous and the explosion of digital artefacts has also influenced the ways we learn and teach second/foreign languages. The language laboratory of the 70s, for instance, has been replaced by technologies that allow language learners not only to engage in interactive and adaptive learning activities independent of time and place but also to connect with other learners and native speakers like never before.  

In this course, you will learn about the cross-disciplinary foundations of technology and language learning/teaching, possibilities and limitations of computer technology in language learning, and some specifics of the design and use of language learning technologies. The instructional value of a wide range of digital media will be examined, including programs specifically designed to enhance language skills (L2 Vocabulary and Grammar, L2 Speaking and Listening, L2 Reading and Writing), digital tools for task-based and project-based learning, Games, Gaming (and Virtual Environments) for Language/Culture Learning, data-driven learning (L2 Corpora; Concordances for L2 Learning) as well as the role of Agency, Autonomy and Identity in Language/Culture Learning Online.  

No separate lecture component will be provided for LING 810. Registrants in LING 810 are subject to most of the same requirements as LING 480 registrants, as well as an empirical assignment in language learning & technology on a topic to be determined. Occasional in-office meetings will be used to discuss projects and related readings.


  • Class participation 10%
  • Quizzes 25%
  • Assignments 25%
  • Final project 40%


Students should familiarize themselves with the Department's Standards on Class Management and Student Responsibilities at http://www.sfu.ca/linguistics/undergraduate/standards.html.  

Please note that a grade of “FD” (Failed-Dishonesty) may be assigned as a penalty for academic dishonesty.

All student requests for accommodations for their religious practices must be made in writing by the end of the first week of classes or no later than one week after a student adds a course.  

Students requiring accommodations as a result of a disability must contact theCentre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca).



The course readings are based on articles and book chapters that will be provided in Canvas. The majority of these come from open-access journals (e.g., LLT) or are available in the SFU library.


Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html