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The Chinese University of Hong Kong
This course, which is a compulsory course for ELED students and an elective course for ENGE students, is an introductory course to second language acquisition. It introduces some phenomena of first language acquisition, explains second language acquisition phenomena from multiple (behaviourist, cognitive, sociocultural, and interactionist) perspectives, and discusses issues of second language instruction and age differences in second language acquisition. Although the name of the course specifies the acquisition of English as a second language, the theories introduced and examples cited in the course are not confined to the acquisition of English but second language acquisition in general.
10% Participation - attendance is not taken for lectures but only taken for tutorials, attendance and active participation are required for tutorials
20% Tutorial presentation - work in pairs, give a presentation on one tutorial question for 15 minutes and hold a tutorial discussion for 5 minutes
25% Narrative of personal language learning - write a narrative essay describing your own English language learning experience (5 pages at most, double spacing)
45% Final exam - 2 hours / 100 marks (fill in the blanks 10 questions 3 marks each, multiple choice 16 questions 2.5 marks each, short essay 2 out of 3 questions 15 marks each)
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