DCJA002 Second Language Acquisition

Faculty of Education
Spring 2024
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 10 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
doc. Mgr. Světlana Hanušová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Věra Janíková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Světlana Hanušová, Ph.D.
Department of German Language and Literature – Faculty of Education
Contact Person: Helena Rytířová
Supplier department: Department of German Language and Literature – Faculty of Education
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to understand the state of the art in the field of second language acquisition both in natural setting and in formal education.
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, a student will be able to:
explain the approaches and theories of second language acquisition;
understand the implications of the theories for foreign language teaching;
understand factors influencing second language acquisition;
outline the relevance of the theories for their dissertation research.
  • The course of Second language acquisition is a core component of the study programme. Students will be acquainted with individual hypotheses and theories of language acquisition and with the role of important factors that influence these processes. Topics: • Behaviorism and nativism. • Sociocultural and cognitive approaches to foreign language acquisition. • Constructivism, social interactionism, connectionism, information processing. • Models/hypothesis of multiple language acquisition (multipler Spracherwerb), implications for foreign language teaching. • Factors influencing the process of language acquisition.
    required literature
  • LIGHTBOWN, Patsy and Nina Margaret SPADA. How languages are learned. Fourth edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ix, 256. ISBN 9780194541268. 2013. info
  • The handbook of second language acquisition. Edited by Catherine J. Doughty - Michael H. Long. Malden: Blackwell Publishing. ix, 888. ISBN 1405132817. 2003. info
    recommended literature
  • Loewen, S. ,& Sato, M. (eds). The Routledge Handbook of Instructed Second Language Acquisition . Routledge, 2017.
  • Defays, J.-M. (2018) Enseigner le français langue étrangère et seconde: Approche humaniste de la didactique des langues et des cultures. Bruxelles: Mardaga éditions.
  • MÜLLER, Horst M. Psycholinguistik - Neurolinguistik : die Verarbeitung von Sprache im Gehirn. Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink. 203 stran. ISBN 9783825236472. 2013. info
  • ELLIS, Rod. The study of second language acquisition. Second edition. New York: Oxford University Press. xxvii, 114. ISBN 9780194422574. 2008. info
Teaching methods
lecture, class discussion
Assessment methods
Examination - students submit a seminar paper which discusses the theories relevant for the dissertation research. Discussion.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught each semester.
The course is taught: in blocks.
The course is also listed under the following terms autumn 2020, Spring 2021, Autumn 2021, Spring 2022.
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