This course introduces students to the study of SLA as a discipline that focuses on the processes carried out by learners and inquires on the role of teachers to facilitate such processes. It examines the theoretical foundations and basic concepts needed to undertake the study of SLA, explores research and pedagogical strategies in first and second language acquisition and develops an understanding of stages and influential factors such as age, learning style, personality, attitude and cognition, as well as different learning development models (Universal Grammar, Cognitive, and Sociocultural) essential for the study of SLA. It also highlights the need for reflective and context-sensitive language teaching, so that the theories studied can be meaningful to students and, therefore, they understand the need for localized teaching practices. The goal is to engage students in readings, reflections and discussions that will empower them to have more elements to make informed decisions on what needs to be considered in their specific teaching contexts.
- To understand the main theories and concepts of SLA.
- To be familiar with the different stages of first and second language acquisition.
- To demonstrate appropriation of the theoretical framework supporting SLA.
- To understand and consider the different variables and influential factors of SLA.
- To propose theory-based strategies in order to develop innovative solutions for their own pedagogical practice.