Acquisition of a seond or foreign language: theory and applications

LROM2620  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Acquisition of a seond or foreign language: theory and applications
5.0 credits
22.5 h
1q

Teacher(s)
Language
Français
Prerequisites

C1 level in French (Common European Framework of Reference)

Main themes

The course focuses on an introduction to language learning mechanisms and underlying theories.
The following will be covered:
- conditioning and reinforcement (behaviourist theories);
- comprehensible input (inneist theories);
- equilibration (constructivist theories);
- potential learning sequences (socioconstructivist theories);
- routine formats (culturalist theories);
- metalinguistic skills (gestalt theories);
- long-term memory (cognitive theories).
 

Aims

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    At the end of the course, students will be able to:
    - understand the processes of acquisition of a second or foreign language, in the light of the method of acquisition of the first language;
    - analyse methods of learning in a critical way by highlighting the implicit processes of acquisition;
    - build didactic devices on the basis of these processes;
    - formulate research questions / hypotheses relating to the acquisition of foreign and second languages.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.

Content

The course focuses on the presentation of language learning mechanisms and underlying theories.

Will be discussed:

- conditioning and reinforcement (behaviourist theories);

- comprehensible input (inneist theories);

- equilibration (constructivist theories);

- potential learning sequences (socioconstructivist theories);

- routine formats (culturalist theories);

- metalinguistic skills (gestalt theories);

- long-term memory (cognitive theories).

Teaching methods

Part of the course is devoted to the presentation(display) of thean introduction to linguistic acquisition mechanisms of and their  reference theories. These statements presentations are complemented by analyses of documents (prescribed texts of the studied authors, textbook unitsindividual learning methods, didactic teaching devicesmaterials, displays explanations of researches), according to an interactive methodologyon an interactive basis.

Evaluation methods

Assessment : a written assignment and an oral examination.

Other information

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Online resources
Course notes, reading list and online podcasts are available on the UCLine website course : https://ucline.uclouvain.be/course/view.php?id=37
Bibliography

La liste bibliographique est disponible sur le site UCLine du cours

Faculty or entity


Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Program title
Sigle
Credits
Prerequisites
Aims
Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : General
5
-

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : French as a Foreign Language
5
-

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General
5
-

Master [60] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General
5
-

Master [120] in Translation
5
-

Master [120] in Linguistics
5
-