NJ_M740 Linguistic Error Analysis

Faculty of Education
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
0/1/0. 2 credit(s) (plus 2 for the colloquium). Recommended Type of Completion: z (credit). Other types of completion: k (colloquium).
Roland Anton Wagner, M.A., Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Věra Janíková, 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
Timetable of Seminar Groups
NJ_M740/01: Fri 14. 2. 15:00–15:50 učebna 64, Fri 28. 2. 15:00–15:50 učebna 64, Fri 13. 3. 15:00–15:50 učebna 64, Fri 27. 3. 15:00–15:50 učebna 64, Fri 17. 4. 15:00–15:50 učebna 64, R. Wagner
NJ_M740/02: each even Thursday 12:00–13:50 učebna 65, R. Wagner
Sufficient receptive and productive language competence in German in order to be able to follow the course in German.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The course provides the necessary background knowledge required for an adequate linguistic analysis of errors appearing in texts written by foreign language learners. Students learn to identify the source of the respective errors, use errors for assessing the level of competence of the learner and to choose the appropriate methods for correcting errors of different types.
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, students should be able
- to classify errors according to linguistic criteria,
- to choose appropriate symbols for correcting errors in texts,
- to make assessments on the developmental stage of the learner according to the errors appearing in his/her texts,
- to formulate his/her own approach to handling errors in foreign language teaching.
  • 1. Levels of the language system, the grammar and the lexicon: where errors can be located from a linguistic point of view;
  • 2. Theories of errors in foreign language learning (contrastive hypotheses, interlanguage hypothesis, processability theory);
  • 3. Collecting and analysing errors from authentic texts;
  • 4. “Intelligent errors” as indicators of developmental stages in foreign language learning;
  • 5. Errors as measures for proficiency levels according to the CEFR;
  • 6. Possibilities of correcting errors.
  • Wisniewski, Katrin (2018): Grammatische Korrektheit und L2-Kompetenz. Eine Lernerkorpus-Studie, in: Deutsch als Fremdsprache, 3, S. 131–142.
  • Studying processability theoryan introductory textbook. Edited by Manfred Pienemann - Jörg-U Kessler. Philadelphia: John Benjamins Pub. Co., 2011. xii, 179 p. ISBN 9789027286611. info
  • Deutsch als Fremd- und Zweitsprache : ein internationales Handbuch. Edited by Hans-Jürgen Krumm. Mouton: De Gruyter, 2010. s. i-xiii. ISBN 9783110240252. info
  • ORTEGA, Lourdes. Understanding second language acquisition. 1st pub. London: Hodder Education, 2009. xv, 304. ISBN 9780340905593. info
  • KLEPPIN, Karin. Fehler und Fehlerkorrektur. Berlin: Langenscheidt, 1998. 152 s. ISBN 3468496567. info
Teaching methods
Seminar including discussions of concrete cases based on the required reading (cf. literature).
Assessment methods
The course can be completed either by a “credit“ or by a “colloquium” (cf. Study and Examination Rules, section 18 and 19). In order to acquire a “credit”, students have to hand in the compulsory homework and to regularly attend class (no more than three absences). In order to acquire the “colloquium”, students in addition, have to hand in a seminar paper analysing errors in an authentic text (preferably gained from pupils during internship at a Czech elementary school).
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 6 hodin v kombinované formě.

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