Topics in Second Language Acquisition 2
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-TWM-ETC407
Credits (ECTS)5 - 6
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; Linguistics;
dr. E.K.A. Koutamanis
Other course modules lecturer
dr. S. Unsworth
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
dr. S. Unsworth
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2018
PER 3-PER 4  (04/02/2019 to 30/08/2019)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksAccessible to exchange students.
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
The learning outcomes are that students (i) are capable of understanding state-of-the-art child bilingualism literature in considerable detail, (ii) can identify questions, open ends and predictions of the various proposals, and (iii) are familiar with the most frequently used data collection methods and are able to explain the pros and cons of each.

For ReMA students: (iv) are able to translate research findings into practical advice for parents.
How do children acquire two languages at the same time? To what extent do their two languages influence each other? Is there are difference between children who start learning their two languages before age four versus those who start after this age? How do bilingual children compare with their monolingual peers? These are just some of the questions addressed in this course. The course will deal with a number of current issues in the field of bilingual language development, including age effects, cross-linguistic influence, language dominance and the role of variation in input quantity and quality. The aim of the class is to discuss and evaluate the different perspectives on these issues and to detect the theoretical and empirical gaps that will steer new research. The focus will be on the acquisition of morphosyntax and vocabulary and both offline and online linguistic knowledge and processing will be considered. In addition, the course offers hands-on experience with various data collection methods typically used in (bilingual) language development research, and we will consider the practical import of research findings for parents and teachers of bilingual children.
Assumed previous knowledge
Note for exchange students: you cannot take this course if your English proficiency level is not at least C1 (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC or Cambridge). A statement from your home university won't be accepted.

Required materials
Various articles and book chapters

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Test weight10
Test typeParticipation
OpportunitiesBlock PER 4

Test weight30
Test typeAssignment
OpportunitiesBlock PER 4, Block PER 4

Minimum grade

Term paper
Test weight60
Test typeEssay
OpportunitiesBlock PER 4, Block PER 4

Minimum grade

Extra assignment
Test weight0
Test typeAssignment
OpportunitiesBlock PER 4, Block PER 4

Compulsory for students of the Research Master CLS.