Lake Superior State University

LN 403 Language Acquisition and Foreign Language Teaching


Course Objectives:


-         to survey some important theories and approaches to language acquisition and language teaching

-         to consider sociocultural, sociopolitical, and other variables that impede or encourage short and long term success in learning languages

-         to review methods, strategies, and techniques that best facilitate the acquisition of a foreign/second language; the development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills and the habit of critical thinking both in academic and everyday contexts in a foreign/second language.

-         to examine the role of the affective domain (anxiety, attitudes, and motivation) in language learning

-         to survey bilingual, immersion, and transition programs in terms of their pedagogical, linguistic, social and political implications

-         to review some effective ways of error correction and proficiency assessment


Course Requirements:


-         read the assigned reading before discussion day

-         participate in class and small group discussions based on the readings and your journals

-         give an oral presentation on one of the theories/methods discussed in class

-         give a lesson presentation

-         write a take-home essay (due on finalsí week)


Language of Instruction:


-         this course is taught in English.Students will use their target language (French) for lesson plan presentations


Course Materials:


††††††††††† -†††† Richards, J.C. and Rodgers, T.S. Approaches and methods in language teaching, 2nd Edition, Cambridge††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††† University Press, 2001.

†††††††††† -†† †††Richard-Amato, P.A., Making it happen.Interaction in the second language classroom.From theory to

††††††††††††††††† practice, Longman, N.Y. 1996.

††††††††† -††††† Gonzales, R.D. and Melis, I., Language ideologies, vol. I.Education and the social implication of official

†††††††††††††††† Languages, 2000.

††††††††† -††††† Ovando, Carlos, J. and Virginia P. Collier,Bilingual and ESL classrooms.Teaching in multicultural contexts,

†††† 2nd Edition, McGraw-Hill, Boston, 1998.


Course Policies:


-         No more than 3 excused absences are allowed,If under strenuous circumstances you miss a class, make sure youkeep track of the assignments, due dates, and your presentations.Communicate with your professor to discuss your progress in class.




††††††††† -†††† Journals and discussion††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 30%

†††††††††† -†††† Theory and method presentation†††††††††††††††††† 20%

†††††††††† -†††† Lesson plan presentation†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 20%

†††††††††† -†††† Final examination††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 30%


†††††††††† Journals and discussion:The purpose of this assignment is to help you work with your readings.Every week you will ask questions, look for connection theories, methods, and your language learning experience in your journal.Summarizing class readings in writing is a powerful learning tool.Journals are due in class every day when a reading assignment is due.

†††††††††† Skills or Method/Technique presentation:You will sign up to present a selected language skill/teaching method or technique covered in class and the course manual.

††††††††† Lesson plan presentation:You will present a lesson plan of a foreign language class that applies some of the methods, techniques, or strategies covered in class.Feedback and discussion will be provided.

††††††††† Take home final examination:This examination will give the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of theory, method, and technique in a written form by addressing one of the five questions being asked for this assignment.The goal is to connect what you learned in this class with your experience as a foreign language learner, and to demonstrate your preparedness as a language teacher.


Thoroughness in preparation and audience awareness in presentation will be assessed.None of the issues or questions discussed in class has one single correct answer, so as a student you are encouraged to challenge and question everything as long as you demonstrate that you gave fair consideration to the alternatives offered in your readings.


Disability Services and Accommodation for Students:


††††††††††††† In compliance with Lake Superior State University policy and equal access laws, disability-related accommodations or services are available.Students who desire such services are to meet with the professor in a timely manner, preferably the first week of class, to discuss their disability-related needs.Students will not receive services until they register with the Resource Center for Students with Disabilities (RCSD).Proper registration will enable the RCSD to verify the disability and determine reasonable academic accommodations.RCSD is located in South Hall Office 206.The telephone number is (906)635-2454.


Academic Misconduct:


††††††††††††† Scholastic misconduct may be cause for a failing grade, and information may be placed about the incident in the studentís permanent file in the Office of Academic Affairs.Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating on assignments or examinations, plagiarizing, misrepresenting work, or interfering with someone elseís work