Second Language Acquisition in Japanese
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- Term 1
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
At the end of the course, a student should have gained an in-depth understanding of issues on second language acquisition in Japanese and have developed skills of analysis and argumentation when writing an academic essay. On the basis of the theoretical knowledge of Japanese linguistics introduced in another course such as 15PEAH006: Syntactic Structure of Japanese I, students are required to read a variety of articles and chapters of books in order to gain insight into how the theories apply to the second language acquisition research in Japanese. Students will become aware of the importance of methodology and will be able to critically discuss linguistic problems. Obligatory class discussions and articles/chapters of books presentations will help equip students with greater confidence in arguing their own points with others.
This course is an optional course and is designed especially for students in MA Applied Linguistics and Language Pedagogy, but students in MA in Linguistics [Japanese] would be welcome to take this course.
WorkloadA total of 11 weeks teaching with a 2 hour lecture per week.
Scope and syllabus
This course provides students with comprehensive knowledge and methodology of second language acquisition in Japanese. It examines closely major topics in second language acquisition including those discussed within the framework of generative grammar. Other methodological/pedagogical issues and hypotheses concerning the second language research are also highlighted in the course of discussion. During the two-hour session, the first half session is devoted to student’s presentation and discussion. The latter session consists of lectures and problem-solving exercises. Students are required to read the relevant part of the text-book(s) or other reading materials beforehand and encouraged to discuss various linguistic phenomena and methodologies actively in class.
Method of assessmentOne-two hour written examination taken in May/June (70%) and one essay of 3,000 words due in the first day of Term 3 (30%).
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