ENG-1040 Language Acquisition - 10 ECTS
The students have the following learning outcomes:
- is able to identify different characteristics of (English) child language
- is able to identify different characteristics of second language acquisition
- has a general overview of when different structures are acquired in first language acquisition
- is aware of differences between acquiring a native and a foreign language
- has some knowledge of different theoretical approaches to both first and second language acquisition.
- has an overview of various methods used in language acquisition studies
- is able to describe child language data
- is able to anticipate what kinds of errors Norwegian learners of English will make
- is able to discuss issues related language acquisition both orally and in writing.
The following coursework requirements must be completed and approved in order to take the final exam:
Coursework requirement: One oral presentation.
Assessment method: A 4-hour school exam.
Performance in the course will be assessed on an A-F grades scale. Grades are A-E for passed and F for failed. A re-sit examination is offered in the event of an F grade. The deadline to register for a re-sit examination is January 15th for the autumn semester and August 15th for the spring semester.
Patsy M. Lightbown & Nina Spada (2013). How languages are learned. Oxford Handbooks for Language Teachers. (4th edition).
1. Pinker, S. (1994). The Language Instinct. Chapter 2, Chatterboxes. pp. 25-54.
2. Crain & Lilo-Martin (1999) Linguistic Theory and Language Acquisition. Chapter 3: Stages of Language Acquisition. pp. 25-32.
3. O'Grady, W. How Children Learn Language. Chapter 4. Words all in a row. pp. 80-113.
4. Westergaard, M. (2003) Unlearning V2. (same as in Compendium ENG-1040 Spring 2015). EUROSLA Yearbook 2003. pp. 77-101.
5. Jensen, Isabel N., Roumyana Slabakova & Marit Westergaard. 2017. 'The Bottleneck Hypothesis in L2 acquisition: A study of L1 Norwegian speakers¿ knowledge of syntax and morphology in L2 English.' In Maria LaMendola & Jennifer Scott (eds.), Proceedings of the 41st annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, 333-346. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. (This paper will be available in open access).
6. Herschensohn, Julia. 2013. Age-related effects, chapter 15, in Herschensohn & Young-Scholten (eds.) The Cambridge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition, 317-337, 21 pages.
7. Gregersen, Tammy and Peter D. MacIntyre. 2014. Capitalizing on Language Learners' Individuality: From Premise to Practice. Multilingual Matters. Chapter 1. Anxiety, pp. 1-13.
8. Gregersen, Tammy and Peter D. MacIntyre. 2014. Capitalizing on Language Learners' Individuality: From Premise to Practice. Multilingual Matters. Chapter 4. Motivation, pp. 107-118.
9. Genesee, Fred. 2015. Myths About Early Childhood Bilingualism. Canadian Psychology, Vol. 56, No. 1, 6-15.
10. Rodina, Y. & M. Westergaard. 2015. 'Grammatical gender in Norwegian: Language acquisition and language change.' Journal of Germanic Linguistics 27, 145-187.