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FLE 4316 - Language Principles and Acquisition

This course provides an overview of applied Second Language Acquisition theory and the components of language, linking them to methods and techniques of providing comprehensible instruction and supporting the development of oral proficiency and literacy skills for LEP children.

Course Content Outline

  • The Special Nature of Language
  • Linguists and Language
  • Phonetics
  • Phonology
  • Word Meaning (Semantics)
  • Structure of Words (Morphology)
  • Syntax
  • Texts and Conversations (Text and Conversation Analysis)
  • Pragmatics and Sociolinguistics
  • Learning Two or More Languages
  • Case Studies of Second Language Learners--Linguistic Profiles of LEP Pupils
  • Theoretical Perspectives on Language Acquisition
  • Behaviorist Theories
  • Nativist Theories
  • Cognitive Theories
  • Social Interaction Theories
  • Survey of Current SLA Research Findings
  • Language and Cognitive Growth
  • Case Studies of Second Language Learners--Description of and
  • Reflection on LEP Pupils' Stage of L2 Development
  • The Integrated Development of Oral and Written Language
  • Instructional Strategies for LEP Students' Oral and Written English Language Development
  • Language and the Society of Home and School 5.4 Schooling and   Language Growth
  • Language, Technology, and Schooling in the 21st Century
  • Language and Learning: Reconciling the Home and School Years

Main Course Assignments

  • LEP Analysis
  • Modified Unit Plan
  • Mid-Term Exam

Course Readings

  1. “Linguistics for Educators - A Practical Guide.” 2nd Ed. Steven Landon West.
  2. Student Assignment Packet. Pro-copy

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