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Second Language Acquisition. Education 286. Today: Introduction. What is the nature of the interdisciplinary field of research (linguistics, psychology, sociology, anthropology) that comprise second language acquisition?

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today introduction
Today: Introduction
  • What is the nature of the interdisciplinary field of research (linguistics, psychology, sociology, anthropology) that comprise second language acquisition?
  • What areas of education policy and practice find value in knowledge about second language acquisition?
  • What is the difference between second language acquisition and foreign language learning?
  • How has research addressed the relationship between language and cognition?
federal and state policy framework
Federal and state policy framework.
  • How do federal laws and policies address the needs of English language learners (ELLs)?
  • How do the laws and policies reflect the distinction between language acquisition and cognitive development for English language learners?
  • What is the accountability framework with respect to the academic development of ELLs?
  • What implications do the Common Core State Standards have on standards, instruction, and expectations for ELLs with respect to their acquisition of English?
linguistic theory
Linguistic Theory
  • How has linguistic theory treated differences between languages?
  • What implications does the theoretical stance have on our understanding of second language learners?
  • Does the first language matter in the acquisition of the second language?
language acquisition theory
Language Acquisition Theory
  • Task-specificity debate.
  • Nature-nurture interaction.
  • What gets set by L1 acquisition?
  • Role of social context.
second language acquisition1
Second Language Acquisition
  • Similarities and differences with native language acquisition.
  • Contrastive analysis / role of L1
  • What expectations should we have about the rate of second language acquisition?
  • What factors might condition the rate of acquisition?
  • Is there a critical period for second language acquisition?
  • Is explicit direct instruction of language forms and functions effective?
  • Is language different in any way from other domains of cognition such as reading and math?
  • How is the English language development (ELD) curriculum shaped by theories of linguistics and language acquisition?
standards assessment and accountability
Standards, Assessment and Accountability
  • What is the relationship between the state standards in English language proficiency and the ELD curriculum?
  • What are the prospects for the influence of the Common Core Standards in re-shaping state English language proficiency standards?
  • How valid are standardized measures of second language acquisition?
teacher qualities for supporting second language acquisition
Teacher qualities for supporting second language acquisition.
  • What do teachers need to know about language in order to be effective in teaching English language learners?
  • What kinds of expectations might be built into state certification requirements for such teachers?