|Applied linguistics is a field of study that uses the findings of linguistics and other fields to study all kinds of activities that involve language. The most significant of these activities is language learning. Second language acquisition (SLA) is the study of how people learn foreign languages. Computer-mediated communication (CMC) is the study of email, chat, Facebook, blogs, wikis, and so on, and the communication that takes place on them. Computer-assisted language learning (CALL) is the study of all the ways in which computers can help with language learning. This first-semester seminar will focus on the basics of second language acquisition and language learning, in order to create a solid foundation for working in a broader range of topics in the second semester. The main language of the seminar is English, but difficult words will be explained in Japanese, and students are welcome at any time to use Japanese to check their understandings.|
Since anyone interested in language learning should show dedication to improving their own English, the seminar will also include Extensive Reading to help students further develop the key skill of reading, and some speaking assignments and activities.
|In the area of theory, students should have mastered basic concepts of language learning and also know about the contributions of key scholars. They should also have developed an interest in an area or areas of research. In the area of language development, they should also have improved their reading fluency.|
|Students are expected to attend regularly, to do assigned readings between classes, to prepare for any class presentations or discussions, and to take an active part in seminar sessions. They are also expected to document their reading and studies every week. "If it isn't written down, it didn't happen."|
|The seminar will be divided into two main sections, based on students' interests and progress. The first approximately 7 weeks will be spent reading and discussing the contents of the book 英語教師のための第二言語習得論入門.|
The remainder of the class will be devoted to studying rather similar material again. In this way, students should be able to master basic concepts and remember key terms and the contributions of key scholars. This will serve as a solid foundation to allow students to broaden their studies in the second semester.
|In a seminar of this kind, most of your work will have to be done outside class, with seminar sessions devoted to guidance and discussion. Students should always be prepared to talk about:|
(1) what they have read or studied;
(2) their opinions (on the material they have read and on other matters);
Even in weeks where there are no fixed readings, students should read something in the fields of applied linguistics, SLA, CALL, or CMC. Students should read 英語教師のための第二言語習得論入門 several times, in order to gain a thorough knowledge of the book's contents.
We will continue to use these materials in the 2nd semester and in the 4th year, so there will not be additional costs for two years.
Second Language Research Methods. Herbert Seliger & Elana Shohamy. Oxford University Press.
外国語教育リサーチマニュアル. セリガー／ショハミー. 大修館書店
The Tapestry of Language Learning: The Individual in the Communicative Classroom. Robin C. Scarcella & Rebecca L. Oxford. Heinle & Heinle.
The Practice of English Language Teaching. Jeremy Harmer. Pearson Longman.
|Your grade will be decided based on your participation in class discussions and other assignments, and your regular documentation of your study and research.|
|Final scores will be decided holistically based on engagement with all the activities through the semester.|