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 SLL. What follows is a list of the variables that will be discussed in depth: a) the learning context, b) the age of onset, c) FL aptitude, d) the cognitive processes of attention, memory, inhibition and updating. By the end of the semester students should be able to a) distinguish between the interrelated factors that account for learner differential success during SLL and between the cognitive processes involved in the process. Also, it is expected that they establish a good background for further studies. A course textbook and a list of selected readings are 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

The course is not currently offerred.