Second Language Acquisition – TESL 403

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A study of strategies for second-language acquisition and assessment. An historical approach to perspectives on second language-acquisition and proficiency.


LING 301 and (ASLI 101 or ARAB 101 or CHIN 101 or FREN 101 or GRMN 101 or RUSS 101 or SPAN 101)


Only with a thorough understanding of how languages are learned can language teachers effectively help their students by providing the optimal conditions for acquisition to take place. In addition, knowing about Second Language Acquisition (SLA) can guide both students’ and teachers’ expectations regarding teaching-learning processes and outcomes.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and describe deifferent theoretical concepts and models in SLA.
  2. Interpret second language data by applying different theoretical approaches.
  3. Evaluate theoretical propostions in SLA theory.
  4. Relate SLA theory to differences among second language learners.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (6)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be a minimum of 250 words.

Research Proposal

Each student will write up a research proposal which will be fulfilled in conducting the research and writing a research paper setting forth the results of the research. The research proposal will include the following materials, which are to be handed in in a single Bb submission. The various parts of this assignment will be submitted separately in assignments which build toward the research proposal.

Quizzes (6)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module(s)/week(s). Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice, true/false, and short answer questions, and have a 20-minute time limit.

PPT Presentations (4)

Students will create PPT presentations throughout the semester outlining, comparing, and contrasting various theories in second language acquisition. A detailed rubric and instructions is provided on Blackboard.

Final Exam

The Final Exam will be cumulative, covering the Reading & Study material for all module/weeks. The exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice, true/false, and short answer questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.