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LIN 280 Language Acquisition and Learning (3 credits)

This course focuses on the study of existing approaches to explaining first and second language acquisition and learning.  Drawing on current research in the field of linguistics, we will explore various aspects of language (e.g., negation, questions, references to the past) as well as particular factors (e.g., age, motivation, anxiety, personality, learner beliefs) that affect the acquisition and learning of specific languages.  Paying particular attention to English language learning, we will devote significant course time to understanding L2 developmental sequences as they relate to theories of acquisition and learning based on social, psychological, and educational frameworks.  Students will also be challenged to consider the relationship between their understanding of and experiences with language acquisition and learning as well as the relationship between language learning theories and language teaching.  This course counts toward the Linguistics minor.