ENG-1040 Language Acquisition - 10 ECTS
The course will provide the students with a good background in how English is acquired as a first and a second language, as well as some information on the acquisition of Norwegian, and the combination of these will provide them with a better basis for understanding the error patterns that can be observed in the English of Norwegian learners.
Knowledge and understanding:
At the end of the course, the students should have a good knowledge of the acquisition of English as a native and a foreign language.
This means that they should
- be able to identify different characteristics of (English) child language
- be able to identify different characteristics of second language acquisition
- have a general overview of when different structures are acquired in first language acquisition
- be aware of differences between acquiring a native and a foreign language
- have some knowledge of different theoretical approaches to both first and second language acquisition.
Having completed the course, the students should
- have an overview of various methods used in language acquisition studies
- be able to describe child language data
- be able to anticipate what kinds of errors Norwegian learners of English will make
- be able to discuss issues related language acquisition both orally and in writing.
One oral presentation.
A 4-hour school exam.
The obligatory coursework requirements must be approved in order to take the final exam.
Performance in the course will be assessed on an A-F grades scale. Grades are A-E for passed and F for failed. A re-sit examination is offered in the event of an F grade. The deadline to register for a re-sit examination is January 15th for the autumn semester and August 15th for the spring semester.
Textbook: Patsy M. Lightbown & Nina Spada (2013). How languages are learned. Oxford Handbooks for Language Teachers. (4th edition).
Compendium for ENG-1040 Language Acquisition
Both are/will be available at the bookstore "Akademisk Kvarter".
The Compendium includes:
1. Roeper, T. (2007) The prism of grammar: How child language illuminates Humanism. Chapter 2. pp-19-29. ISBN: 978-0-262-18252-2, ib., 0-262-18252-1, ib.
2. Pinker, S. (1994). The Language Instinct. Chapter 2, Chatterboxes. pp. 25-54 (same as in Compendium ENG-1040 Spring 2014). ISBN: 978-0-1401-7529-5, h., 0-14-017529-6, h.
3. Crain & Lilo-Martin (1999) Linguistic Theory and Language Acquisition. Chapter 3: Stages of Language Acquisition. pp. 25-32 (same as in Compendium ENG-1040 Spring 2014). ISBN-13: 978-0631195368 ISBN-10: 063119536X
4. O¿Grady, W. How Children Learn Language. Chapter 4. Words all in a row. pp. 80-113 (same as in Compendium ENG-1040 Spring 2014). ISBN: 0-521-82494-x, ib., 0-521-53192-6, h., 978-0-521-53192-4, h.
5. Saffran, J.; Senghas, A. & Truswell, J. (2001). The acquisition of language by children, PNAS, vol.98, no.23, pp. 12874-12875
6. Senghas, A. Language Emergence: Clues from a New Bedouin sign language. Current Biology, vol 25, no 12.
7. Stager, C. & Werker, J. (1997) Infants listen to more phonetic detail in speech perception than in word-learning tasks. Nature, vol 388, pp-381-382.
8. Kroll, J. F., & Bialystok, E. (2013). Understanding the consequences of bilingualism for language processing and cognition. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 25, 497¿514.
9. Roeper, T. (2007) The prism of grammar: How child language illuminates humanism. Chapter 5: pp. 63-87. ISBN: 978-0-262-18252-2, ib., 0-262-18252-1, ib.
10. Westergaard, M. (2003) Unlearning V2. (same as in Compendium ENG-1040 Spring 2014). EUROSLA Yearbook 2003. pp. 77-101. ISBN 9789027254535 (Eur)
11. Mihalicek, V. & Wilson, C. (2011) Language Files: Materials for an introduction to language and linguistics. 11th edition: Chapter 8: Language Acquisition. pp. 311-353. ISBN-13: 978-0814251799 ISBN-10: 081425179X
- About the course
- Campus: Tromsø |
- ECTS: 10
- Course code: ENG-1040
- Responsible unit
- Department of Language and Linguistics
- Contact persons