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Second Language Acquisition

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Cynthia Chasteen

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Second Language Acquisition
TCH ED 7210
Cynthia Chasteen

1. Acquisition-Learning
2. Monitor
3. Natural Order
4. Input
5. Affective Filter

Influenced by Krashen:
Communicative Language Teaching
Immersion Programs
Content-Based Instruction
Some theorists believe that UG is available in SLA, while others argue that the acquisiion of other languages has altered the UG.

Interaction Hypothesis (Hatch, Long, Pica & Gass, 1983):
1. Interactional modification makes input comprehensible;
2. Comprehensible input promotes acquisition; therefore,
3. Interactional modification promotes acquisition
Noticing Hypothesis (Schmidt, 1990, 2001)--nothing is learned unless it has been noticed
Input Processing (Van Patten, 2004)
Processability Theory (MEisel, Clahsen, Pienemann, 1981)
Concept-Based Instruction
Activity Theory

Lantolf & Thorne

Question: Is Krashen's i+1 a revoicing (Bakhtin, 1983) of Vygotsky's ZPD?
Horwitz, Horwitz & Cope (1986) developed a Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (FLCAS), referring to Krashen's Affective Filter Hypothesis

Elaine Horwitz's student Eleni Pappamihiel (2002) modified the scale for ELs and conducted research on middle and high school ELs in the mainstream classroom.
Anxiety in SLA
Robert Garnder and Wallace Lambert (1972)
Instrumental motivation--language learning for immediate or practical goals
Integrative Motivation--language learning for personal growth and cultural enrichment through contact with speakers of the other language

Zoltan Dornyei--student and teacher motivation
"Ideal L2 Self," and MOLT (Gulloteaux & Dornyei, 2008)
Nelson Brooks (1960) and Robert Lado (1964)--Audiolingual Method (ALM)
Theories of SLA

Information Processing--Learners must "Pay attention"-use cognitive resources to process information

SLA as "skill learning" (DeKeyser, 1998, 2001): Language learning begins with Declarative Knowledge--THAT-- and, through practice, it become Procedural Knowledge--HOW

Competiton Model (Bates & Mac Whinney, 1981): after exposure to thousands of examples of language with particular meanings, learners understand how to use the language's "cues" for specific functions
Language Learning Aptitude

Learning Styles

Learner Beliefs


Learning Anxiety

Willingness to Communicate (Lightbown & Spada, 2013)--influenced by number of people present, topic of conversation, formality of the circumstances and energy levels (p. 86)

Psychological Theories
Individual Differences
in SLA
Cognitivist/Developmental Perspectives
Sociocultural Perspectives
Innatist Perspective--
Universal Grammar
Implications for Teachers
Language development viewed as the formation of habits
Age and SLA
Critical Period Hypothesis
Ideal time for SLA is around puberty; after that, you are "over the hill"
Neurobiological Considerations:
Thomas Scovel (1969): Lateralization of the hemispheres of the brain, language is a function of the left. Scovel suggested that the plasticity of the brain prior to puberty enables children to acquire L1 and L2
Now that we have discussed both FLA and SLA, how can you take your newfound knowledge into your building to provide optimal instruction for ELs and other diverse learners?

A final video showcasing the importance of acquiring additional languages:
learners stop developing target norms--age, anxiety, negative feedback
coined by American Linguist Larry Selinker; a unique linguistic system constructed by a learner, drawing on L1 and different from L2
Complexity/Chaos Theory in SLA
Diane Larsen-Freeman &
Lynne Cameron (2008)
Rationale: Complex systems within the field of Applied linguistics contain many subsystems, much like weather and animal populations, which are often researched using complexity or chaos theory.

Learners and a complex context are interacting, co-adaptive dynamic systems. Learning, as change, is both individual and social. Each individual acts as a unique learning context; when participating in a group, the group as a system both affects and is affected by the individual.

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