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Language & Linguistics Seminar: aspects of Japanese as a second language


Admission requirements:

Students of Japanese studies

Course description:

This course examines various aspects of learning and using a second language, with a particular emphasis on Japanese as a second language. Research on second language acquisition (SLA) is multi-disciplinary in nature. The course will introduce and review mostly linguistic and psychological factors of SLA that underlie the process of adult language learning. General issues that will be discussed include the role of native language, language and cognition, the use of gesture in speech production, and acquisition of writing systems.

Teaching method:

Lecture and workshop

Course objectives:

  1. To foster understanding in issues that relate to second language acquisition and use.
  2. To develop the ability to think critically about research findings in the field, and present opinions and arguments in written and oral form.
  3. To raise awareness of one-s own language learning, and cultivate the ability to relate one-s own learning situations to theories/findings in the field

Course load:

5 ects=140 hours –
Contact hours; 4 hours per week= 7 weeks = 28 hours
Reading: approx. 40 pages per week + assignments = 6 hours x 12 weeks= 72 hours – Presentation, paper writing = 40 hours

Required reading:

Lightbown, P.M. & Spada, N. (2006). How languages are learned. Oxford:
Oxford University Press.

There will also be a reader for this course.

h3.Test method:

1) Analytical element 20% (1000 words)
2) Participation element 40% (includes attendance, assignments,
3) Research element 40% (2000-2500 words)

Het eindcijfer voor het onderdeel is het gewogen gemiddelde van de uitslagen voor de deeltoetsen, met dien verstande dat het onderdeel alleen voldoende kan zijn wanneer de student voor alle deeltoetsen een voldoende heeft behaald. Indien een of meer van de deeltoetsen onvoldoende zijn, ontvangt de student een onvoldoende (onv.) als uitslag voor het gehele onderdeel.

Time table: For more information, check time table


This course is an optional course


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