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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Fall 2006

FR 392K • Instructed SLA

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37170 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
HRH 2.106C

Course Description

This course examines recent research on classroom second language acquisition. The course will be divided into three parts: grammar, lexicon, discourse. In the first part, we will look at the benefits of connecting grammatical form to meaning during primarily communicative tasks. This approach to language teaching and research has come to be known as focus on form. We will assess the empirical evidence for making important pedagogical decisions:

  • which linguistic forms to target
  • the optimal degree of explictness of attention
  • the appropriate timing of focus on form
  • how to integrate focus on form into the curriculum
  • In the second part, we will review vocabulary learning strategies that are supported by experimental research, case studies and teaching experience. And finally, in the third part of the course, we will explore the potential of computer mediated communication for foreign and second language learning.

    Grading Policy

    Class participation 10% Discussant assignment 10%

    Research proposal assignment 20%

    Class presentation 10%

    Final research paper (15 pages) 50%

    Final Exam: NO


    1. Doughty, C. & J. Williams. 1998. Focus on Form in Classroom Second Language Acquisition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    2. Nation, I.S.P. 2001. Learning Vocabulary in Another Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    3. Chapelle, C. 2001. Computer Applications in Second Language Acquisition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    4. Reading packet-Speedway Copies, basement of Dobie Mall


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