|This course is focused on building and deepening a broad knowledge base in second language acquisition and related fields while also deepening the knowledge required for participants' specific studies. In addition, attention will be paid to linguistic demands of academic reading and writing in English. In general, there will be considerable flexibility in the contents of the course, with some parts changing depending on the participants' interests and expertise.|
|By the end of the course, participants will have gained knowledge of a broad range of topics as well as deepening their knowledge of a specific topic of their choice. They will be able to demonstrate their knowledge both in written reports and in oral presentations.|
|Participants should attend each session or make arrangements in advance with the instructor when attendance is not possible.|
|Session 1: Orientation, including discussion of topics to be covered.|
Sessions 2-14: Reading, writing, presenting, and discussion sessions on the chosen topics.
Session 15: Interim assignment
Session 16: Orientation, including renewed discussion of topics to be covered in the second semester.
Sessions 17-28: Reading, writing, presenting, and discussion sessions on the chosen topics.
Sessions 29-30: End-of-year assignment.
|Study and research at this level depend crucially on extended engagement with the topics studied. Thus, work between class sessions reading, reflecting, and writing about the topics is even more important than the sessions themselves.|
|Any textbooks or other necessary materials will be decided by consultation.|
|Participants should refer to a wide range of works in second language acquisition and related fields as necessary.|
|Participants who show extended engagement with the topics through the year and complete interim and final assignments to a satisfactory standard will receive the credits for this course.|
|Scores will be awarded based on a holistic judgement of participants' overall performance through the year.|