Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2024Year School/Graduate School Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (Master's Course) Division of Humanities and Social Sciences Integrated Arts and Human Sciences Program
Lecture Code WMJ00301 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 心理言語的アプローチからの第二言語習得
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Second Language Acquisition with a Psycholinguistic Approach
シバタ ミキ,タファナー ロバート ホースト
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  First Semester,  1Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (1T) Tues1-2:IAS A416, (1T) Fri3-4:IAS A416,IAS A418
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Discussion, Group work 
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction E : English
Course Level 5 : Graduate Basic
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 06 : Linguistics
Eligible Students
Keywords Language acquisition, ideology, identity, language attitudes, globalization, cross-linguistic influence, linguistic transfer, conceptual transfer 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Criterion referenced
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
The course has two parts: Tuesday class (a) and Friday class (b) focus on psycholinguistics and second language acquisition respectively.  We will explore and discuss: How humans acquire/learn a language, and How humans understand and use a language for communication from a psycholinguistic perspective and second language acquisition theories focusing on sociolinguistics.   
Class Schedule Week 1 Introduction [Taferner]
Week 2 Introduction [Shibata]
Week 3 (a)Introduction to Psycholinguistics [Taferner]
Week 4 (b)Overview of second language acquisition (SLA) [Shibata]
Week 5 (a)Language Comprehension, Production, and Acquisition [Taferner]
Week 6 (b)Language attitudes & SLA [Shibata]
Week 7(a)Audiovisual Embodiment[Taferner]
Week 8 (b)Identity & SLA [Shibata]
Week 9 (a)Psycholinguistic Approaches to Crosslinguistic Influence [Taferner]
Week 10 (b)L2 Pragmatics [Shibata]
Week 11 (a)Bilingual Lexicon & L2 Vocabulary Learning [Taferner]
Week 12 (b)Language rights & SLA [Shibata]
Week 13 (a)Linguistic Transfer [Taferner]
Week 14 (a)Conceptual Transfer & Change [Taferner]
Week 15 (a)Presentation [Taferner]

Final term papers 
(a) The Psycholinguistics of Bilingualism (Francois & Li, 2013)
      Psychology and Language (Clark & Clark, 1977)
(b) Journal articles & handouts 
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(More Details) PowerPoint lectures and handouts will be provided. 
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Preparation and
The students are expected to complete reading assignments prior to each class in order to participate in discussion.  
Requirements Students should have a TOEIC score of over 600 and be equipped with reading and discussing in English for full class participation. 
Grading Method Reading Response Papers: 30%
Presentations: 30%
Final Report: 40%
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Message This course should suit those who are interested in topics relating to first and second language learning and acquistion. In addition,  the students will gain insights about their own language learning practices and potentials. 
Other (a) Tuesday: Taferner
(b) Friday: Shibata 
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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