Second Language Acquisition – MLAN 519

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

A study of the foundations of second language acquisition (SLA), including the theories, research, as well as the cross cultural, cross-linguistic, psychological, and personality components inherent in SLA; students explore strategies for second-language acquisition and assessment.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The teaching of languages, including English, is a growing field, which speaks to the increasingly global orientation of current educational, business, and political goals. Content area teachers in fields other than languages are being asked to contribute to the needs of second-language students in their regular content-area classrooms and to encourage all students to diversify their learning. This course will help K–12 classroom teachers and ESL teachers expand their instructional preparation and, in some cases, add an endorsement to the teaching license they already hold.

The content will include an overview of language acquisition/learning theory, an examination of language program models, state and federal language policies, state and “national” language standards, the development of individual language resources, including professional resources and organizations, the use of various technologies in language acquisition/learning and assessment, an overview of various assessments, and issues pertinent to the individual preparation for licensure. It is a course that emphasizes reflection on best practices and personal professional growth.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify intrinsic values in lesson content.
  2. Apply biblical standards to lesson content.
  3. Understand the philosophies and perspectives which have described second language acquisition and promoted historic language pedagogy.
  4. Reflect on his/her teaching practices.
  5. Develop sets of resources for personal and professional use.
  6. Reflect on best practices in world language teaching.
  7. Evaluate world language materials and assessment instruments.
  8. Participate in professional language events.
  9. Integrate teaching methods/approaches, student learning modalities, diversity, types of assessment, technology, and professional reflection into an authentic teaching unit.

Course Assignment

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete 5 Discussions. Most Discussions correspond to a video segment. Each discussion will consist of a thread of 250–300 words and at least 2 replies consisting of 150–200 words each.

The student will cite and annotate language organizations, regional language conferences, ESL resources, state teaching standards, and additional resources for this assignment.

The student will create an Instructional Perspectives Timeline.

The student will complete 2 PowerPoint presentations on topics specified in the assignment instructions. Each presentation must include at least 9 and a maximum of 10 slides, including a title and reference slide. The sources must be cited in current APA format.

The student will complete 2 projects. The first will be a PACE project that include a lesson plan, learning activity, technology, and performance assessment. The second will focus on assessment.

The final paper will give a choice of focusing on assessment or on one of the second language theories covered in the textbook.

The student will participate in 2 hours of professional development activity(s). It is also strongly recommended (but not required) that the student joins at least 1 professional organization.