LING 5305. SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION. 3 Hours.
This course is the study of the processes of first and second language acquisition, their similarities and differences, language disorders, language perception and production, and implications of language acquisition research for linguistic theory and language teaching. May be repeated for credit as topic changes. Prerequisite: LING 5300 or permission of instructor.
The Department of Linguistics and TESOL at the University of Texas at Arlington provides coursework in both linguistics and in TESOL. Department programs seek to deepen understanding of language by examining how it is represented, used, and processed. We work toward this goal through courses in theoretical linguistics, focusing on phonology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and psycholinguistics as well as the interfaces among these domains of inquiry. In order to explore questions in these areas, we provide training in multiple methods, including field methods, corpus-based methods, and experimental research methods, to collect and analyze data from a wide range of the world's languages, and from both native and non-native speakers of these languages. This approach to the scientific study of language is the primary focus of our PhD, MA, and BA degrees in Linguistics. In addition, the department has a separate track in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), offered through our MA in TESOL and TESOL certificates. This program trains professionals who will teach English to second and foreign-language learners. Our TESOL students build a strong foundation in teaching methodologies, language testing, second language acquisition, and other applied areas of linguistics. For further information on the graduate degree programs in Linguistics or in TESOL, consult the program’s Web site at http://www.uta.edu/linguistics/current-students/degrees/index.php ; or contact the Graduate Advisor for admissions: http://www.uta.edu/linguistics/current-students/advising/index.php .