LING 4327 / LING 5305

Second Language Acquisition



David J. Silva

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Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30 – 6:50 PM, Trimble Hall 215


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Saturday, March 21, 2009

As promised, I have reworked the course syllabus; you may access the revised document by clicking here.

Remember that on Tuesday the 24th, you will meet on the 2nd floor of the Central Library and work in teams to locate resources for your debate. On Thursday the 26th, you will each present summaries of an article to one another in class. See the updated course syllabus for details.

Have a great week. I will see you on Tuesday, March 31st.


Sunday, February 22, 2009

At long last, homework assignment #3 is now available! It is due via e-mail (no hard copy this time), by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 3. You’ll notice that it includes a fair amount of data for you to consider, which makes it more like an in-class exercise and less like assignments 1 and 2 (which were more essay-like in nature). Grading for HW #3 will not be so holistically based; rather, each of the assignments components (A) through (E) will be evaluated for completeness, clarity, and appropriate use of the theoretical tools being covered in the course.


Sunday, February 8, 2009

Thank you for submitting your “Muddiest Point” cards on Thursday. I’ve had a chance to review your questions and have created a response handout for you to read. I hope that the information provides clarity. If not, come to class on Tuesday with follow-up questions,


Saturday, February 7, 2009

Homework assignment #2 is now available; click here. Note that I the due date is Tuesday, February 17th, which puts us back on schedule. Be sure to take a look at it now and come to class with questions. You can also e-mail me with any queries. To access the information about the Defense Language Institute, move down to Course Documents.


However, we have no time to lose…  Hence, I have prepared three podcasts (.mp3 format) for you to listen to tonight between 5:30 PM and 7:00 PM. Please use our regularly-scheduled class time to listen to each podcast (~ 20 minutes apiece). You can right-click to download the files and then copy them to your MP3 player. Alternatively, you can left-click to initiate an appropriate media player (which I’m assuming you’ve got on your computer).


Podcast #1                           Podcast #2                           Podcast #3

When you are done, you should click here to take a brief, ungraded quiz. Taking the quiz will give you (and me) a good sense of how you’ve understood the material.  (In case the link above doesn’t work, paste the following URL into your browser:

Finally, prepare for Thursday’s class by reading the first part of chapter 3.


Sunday, January 25, 2009

Homework assignment #1 is now available; click here. Note that I have pushed the due date from February 3 to February 5. Doing so ensures that you’ve have a chance to understand the material in chapter 3. Read ahead if need be.


Saturday, January 17, 2009

This very simple web page has been developed to keep students informed about the course. Please take the time to add this page to your favorites / bookmarks, so that you might be inclined to use its resources.


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Course Documents Available for Download


Revised Course Syllabus       LING 4327/5305  [pdf]

Course Syllabus                     LING 4327  [pdf]                      LING 5327  [pdf]

Homework Assignments        HW #1   [pdf]
                                                HW #2   [pdf]  
(to access the Defense Language Institute catalogue in PDF format, click here.)

HW #3   [pdf]
                                                HW #4   see revised syllabus

            Phonetic Symbol Chart           IPA Chart  [pdf]


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