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LANG-360 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition

This course is designed as an introduction to how first and, in particular, second languages are learned. Students will contrast how first and second language acquisition differ from one another and begin to fathom the cognitive differences between child and adult language learning. Students will gain an understanding of the historical development of language acquisition theories and how they have led to modern hypotheses on language learning. Theories will be approached from both learning and pedagogical perspectives, with the hope that students will be able to utilize what they learn to analyze and ameliorate both their ability to learn and teach a second/additional language. Prerequisite: Completion of language study through the 202 level or equivalent placement. 4 SH.