This course explores the various theories that
scholars and researchers have put forward concerning second language
acquisition, or how people learn languages. Since it is language learning
that is being examined, it is important to understand what language is.
Linguistics explores this question, and hence, this course draws to some extent
on insights from linguistics. In addition, as people and learning have
both social and psychological dimensions, the course also draws on insights
from sociology and psychology. In other words, SLA is an
inter-disciplinary subject that draws on all three disciplines, as well as the
sub-disciplines and research areas that inter-relate them. Three hours of
instructor-led discussion per week.
- Instructor: Irshat Madyarov