ESCUELA DE EDUCACI\u00d3N Y PEDAGOG\u00cdA
ESPECIALIZACI\u00d3N EN LA ENSE\u00d1ANZA DEL INGL\u00c9S
Principles of FL Acquisition
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This course is of paramount relevance for in-service teachers since it allows them to explore
some theories concerning the processes involved in language acquisition and learning. Through
the selected reading materials and practical application workshops, teachers will develop an
awareness of those factors that may facilitate or hinder language learning, and consequently
they will be able to take courses of action that help them establish the basis for a more
effective teaching practice.
To set the grounds for the analysis and reflection about the theoretical aspects concerning
language acquisition and learning
To critically approach the different theories about language acquisition and learning, by
contrasting and comparing them to their daily experience in the classroom.
To identify aspects such as, individual differences and learning styles as potential
facilitators in the language learning process.
To develop micro research projects, in order to confront theory to practice.
To assume critical and reflective positions Vis _a _vis the theory consulted, by means of
the elaboration of academic papers that support or challenge it.
To use the theories and concepts seen in the course as contributing materials to the
development of the final research project.
As most of the courses in our TEFL Graduate program, we will embrace the seminar technique
which compels participants to profusely read before each session, so that class time may be
devoted to clarifications and practical applications.
First language acquisition / second language learning: theories and concepts
Language and the brain: (neurolinguistic aspects of language learning)
Personality factors: individual differences, and motivation in L2 learning.
Learning styles and language learning strategies.
Learner\u2019s errors and error analysis.
COURSE PROGRESS EVALUATION
Students\u2019 class performance and progress will be evaluated as follows: