G-LSUD4 LingSp496E Special Electives: Variables affecting Second Language Learning

Course type

Elective

Description

An extensive body of research has demonstrated the existence of numerous factors that are at work during Second Language Learning (SLL), which account for the variability witnessed in learner performance. First, this course will set the overall framework regarding the external and internal variables that affect SLL, which are further classified into social, psychological, cognitive, etc. Then, it will focus on the latest cognitive account of Second Language Learning. What follows is a list of the variables that will be discussed: the educational context, the age of onset, learning strategies, aptitude, executive functions, (working) memory, attention. Towards the end of the semester we will have a workshop on class interventions meant to support students with poor working memory.

Learning outcomes:

Students will a) become familiar with the interrelated factors that account for learner differential success during SLL, b) become aware of the cognitive processes involved during this process, c) establish a good background for further studie.

A list of selected readings is available.

Assessment: Final written exam


ΝΟΤΕ: IF YOU HAVE SUCCESSFULLY ATTENDED LING4-499, YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE LING4-496.

Teaching

Teaching hours: 3 | Credits: 3 | ECTS: 6

SemesterGroupDayFromToRoomInstructor
Winter Thursday16:00 18:30417 Efstathiadi Lia