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Second Language Acquisition

The study of second language acquisition (SLA) is an increasingly interdisciplinary field that draws on various branches of linguistics as well as cognitive psychology, educational research, sociology, and neurology to describe exactly how second languages are learned by different individuals in different contexts, and to explain the biological, cognitive, and social mechanisms underlying these phenomena. Factors commonly studied include the role of instruction, age, aptitude, native language, universal grammar, communicative practice, and sociolinguistic context.

Other students may wish to pursue a certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in the Department of Linguistics.

SLA Courses
Courses Descriptions
LING 1142/2142 Techniques and Procedures for Teaching English as a Second Language
LING 1190 Operation of the Language Laboratory
LING 1930 Introduction to Applied Linguistics
LING 2105 Language Learning and Teaching
LING 2136 Foreign and Second Language Testing
LING 2139 Approaches and Methods for Second Language Teaching
LING 2140 Contrastive Analysis and Alternative Approaches
LING 2143 Seminar: Materials Development for Second Language Teaching
LING 2144 Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
LING 2146 Second Language Acquisition
LING 2148 Introduction to Computer-Assisted Language Learning
LING 2149 Special Topics in Applied Linguistics
LING 2190 Seminar: ESL Teacher Supervision
LING 2191 Theories and Practices of Second Language Teaching
LING 2192 Seminar: ESL Recent Publications
LING 2195 Practicum: ESL Teaching
LING 2196 Practicum: Second Language Curriculum