Behaviorism vs Nativism

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This is an introductory course to the field of first and second language acquisition with an emphasis on the latter. The course will seek to examine the processes that underlie the acquisition of first and second languages and the different theories that have been put forth to account for such processes. Similarly, it is expected that the different readings and discussions in the course help foster critical judgment in order to identify and address important issues in the field.

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Behaviorism vs NativismUniversidad de Oriente Ncleo de Sucre Dpto. Idiomas Modernos Adquisicin del LenguajeProf. Jos M Coln Cel.: 0414-8179917 e-mail: josemcolon@hotmail.com Class hours: Tu 2 - 3:35/Th 3:40 - 5:15 pm Office hours: Tu & Th from 8:30 to 11:00 amLANGUAGE ACQUISITION (007-5824) 2013 - I COURSE DESCRIPTION This is an introductory course to the field of first and second language acquisition with an emphasis on the latter. The course will seek to examine the processes that underlie the acquisition of first and second languages and the different theories that have been put forth to account for such processes. Similarly, it is expected that the different readings and discussions in the course help foster critical judgment in order to identify and address important issues in the field. COURSE OBJECTIVES General Examine some of the theories that have been put forward to account for first and second language acquisition.Specific 1. Foster an understanding of the principles and processes that govern first and second language acquisition (SLA) and use. 2. Identify issues and problems in current SLA theory and research. 3. Develop the ability to think critically about language acquisition theories and research. 4. Do research on some of the processes that govern second language acquisition.Course requirement and weighting In-class Participation Essays Quizzes Oral presentation Take-home tests Research paper 15 % 10 % 10 % 15 % 25 % 25 %Tentative sche

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