Second Language Acquisition: Theory and Practice (in English)

ISA Study Center with Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo-Sevilla

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Second Language Acquisition: Theory and Practice (in English)

    Course Required
  • Host University

    ISA Study Center with Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo-Sevilla

  • Location

    Seville, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Education, Internship, Teacher Education

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course explains in the most practical manner possible the educational theories in second language acquisition. Based on an approach to the significant differences between different educational systems, students explore in greater depth the most important methodological approaches for Applied Linguistics and have the opportunity to become familiar with a wide range of approaches, which in turn will be valuable in the internship that is integrated into this course. The course examines the process of teaching and learning by examining disciplines such as psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics. Throughout the internship, students will participate in various aspects of course management, including planning the corresponding unit, supporting the teacher in the classroom, and assisting with English language workshops.

    Students who successfully complete the course and internship will receive a certificate issued by the UIMP as well as one issued by the school where the student participated in the internship.

    Objective of the course:
    - Know the differences between different educational systems.
    - Understand what constitutes linguistic competence and the relationship between language and other cognitive skills.
    - Develop one's own philosophy of teaching and learning process based on a sound knowledge of theories.
    - Become familiar with the teaching styles in other countries.
    - Learn different techniques and teaching models.

    Task for the internship:
    - Prepare supporting material for the course(s) in which the student in interning.

    1. Educational systems
    1.1. Description and comparison of educational systems.
    1.2. Educational institutions and practices.
    1.3. Education and society.

    2. Applied linguistics
    2.1. Introduction to Applied Linguistics.
    2.2. Psycholinguistics.
    2.2.1. Language: humans and animals.
    2.2.2. Children and language.
    2.2.3. Language gene.
    2.3. Sociolinguistics
    2.3.1. Language and society.
    2.3.2. Language varieties.
    2.4. Language proficiency and assessment.

    3. Methods and approaches to language teaching
    3.1. Introduction to language teaching.
    3.2. Approaches and methods.
    3.3. Common European frame of reference.
    3.4. Intercultural education.
    3.5. Focusing on the learner: styles, strategies, and motivation.

    Bibliography: In addition to journal articles, students will receive a selection of material from the following sources:

    Aitchison, Jean. The Articulate Mammal. London: Routledge, 1998.

    Arnold, Jane. Lingüística Aplicada al Aprendizaje del Inglés. Grupo de Investigación de Lingüística Aplicada. 1992.

    Harley, T. The Psycology of Language. Third Edition. [por comprar]

    Hudson, R. A. Sociolingusitics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    Pinker, S. The Language Instinct. How the Mind Creates Language. Harper Collins.

    Richards, C., Rodgers T. Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching.

    Schmitt, N. An Introduction to Applied Lingusitics. Hodder Education.

    Spada, N.. How Languages are Learned. Oxford University Press.

    Evaluation of the course:
    Homework, expositions, and participation:
    Research paper:
    Internship journal.
    Mid-term exam:
    Final exam:
    Evaluation of the internship in the school: 10%

    Classroom Lecture Video-


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