ARAB 224
Second Language Learning: The Learner, the Classroom, and the Social World Spring 2023
Division I

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Learning a second language is one of the most exhilarating, rewarding, and eye-opening experiences of a life-time. Millions of people around the globe embark on a journey of exploration of target languages and cultures while reflecting on the self and home culture(s) in the process. This course introduces you to core issues related to the learning of a second language. What are the processes involved in learning a second language? What does it mean to know another language? Is second language learning similar to first language learning? Why are some language learners more successful than others? What individual variables do learners bring to the learning process? How can classrooms facilitate second language learning? How do learners perceive teachers’ feedback? How does the specific socio-cultural context impact language learning? How does learning about the target culture feed into language learning? How does the learner’s identity evolve in the process of second language learning? These are some key second language learning questions that we will examine in this class. Readings are drawn from studies on the learning of different languages.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 3199
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Active class participation, assignments, article presentation and leading a class discussion, language learner interview, exam, a final project.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: If the course is overenrolled preference will be first given to Arabic majors, then seniors, then juniors.
Distributions: Division I
Attributes: Linguistics

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