Second Languange Acquisition
If a perspective teacher of English understands the processes involved in acquiring a second language, such a teacher’s ability to know what to do in a teaching/learning situation would be enhanced.
The language acquisition process among adults who are already proficient in a mother tongue focuses on the interlanguange or interim grammatical system that the second language learner is using while acquiring a second language. The motives, strategies that the learner uses in achieving communicative competence as well as the problems he encounters in the process are all part of this course.
- To import to the student elements of the interlanguange grammar in the major domains of English phonology, morphology and syntax.
- To ensure that the student is able to discuss the factors that affect second language acquisition.
- To ensure that the student acquires the necessary strategies of enhancing learners’ communicative competence levels in classroom situations.
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
- Show knowledge of the interlanguange by demonstrating the influence of the source and target languages.
- Be able to discuss the model which accounts for the second language learner’s communicative competence.
- Demonstrate what is actually acquired when a second language learner acquires the phonology, morphology and syntax of a second language.
- Discuss factors that may influence second language acquisition at individual level as well as in groups in Classroom situations.