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Julia R. Herschensohn
LING 449
Seattle Campus

Second-Language Learning

Issues related to the linguistic aspects of second-language learning. Prerequisite: either LING 200, LING 201, ANTH/LING 203, or LING 400.

Class description

The aim of Linguistics 449 is to introduce students to the linguistic investigation of second language acquisition, with particular emphasis on acquisition in a classroom setting. The course will provide an overview of the major sub-disciplines, issues and approaches in this area and it will provide an opportunity for students to do original research on a topic of second language acquisition.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture and discussion.

Recommended preparation

An introductory course in general linguistics and familiarity with second language learning.

Class assignments and grading

Readings are to be finished by the beginning of the week indicated; information in the readings and course work will serve as input to the class discussion. There will be two quizzes, and one final project based on research done on a second language learning situation. These projects will be presented to the class during the last week.

Participation 15%; Quizzes 40%; Project 40%; Oral presentation 5%.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Julia R. Herschensohn
Date: 08/24/2006