About the SLA Course (LGTC 5010)
LGTC 5010 It is designed for world language educators who wish to refresh and expand their knowledge of SLA theories and connect them to their teaching practices. Each week addresses a different theme that you explore through readings, podcasts, videos and online discussions with your instructor and your peers.
10 weeks | Fully online | 3 graduate credits | June 02 to August 11, 2018
Dr. Knowles has been dedicated to a communicative vision of language instruction since the mid-1980s, at which point he took a CALL course and saw the potential of HyperCard for linking multimedia projects to a learner-centered approach. Until his recent retirement, he was involved with language centers since 1996, including a five-year stint as Assistant and Associate Director of Yale’s Center for Language Study and as Director of CU-Boulder’s ALTEC from 2008 till 2018. He is especially intrigued by the continuities and discontinuities between progressivist pedagogies in general education versus early stage language education, and is equally intrigued by the notion that language is culture in motion (Savignon 1983). The final challenge of this SLA course is to dream about how those elements can be woven together.
Eric Herman has been a communicative and comprehension-based language teacher at the elementary, middle, university, and adult levels. He is currently in the MA program in Hispanic Linguistics at FSU. Eric acquired Spanish while a Youth Development Volunteer in the Peace Corps in Honduras. He is the author of How to use MovieTalk to Teach with Comprehensible Input (IJFLT, 2014), Ataques de Hambre (2016), Assessing Proficiency in the Classroom (2017) and the bi-weekly "Acquisition Classroom Memo."
Mark and Eric taught the SLA last summer and this is what his students said about the course:
" I loved the course. Dr. Knowles is knowledgable and thorough. I wish this course had a follow up of some kind!"
"Professor Knowles is very knowledgable and approachable. Many of us teachers have not studied in this area in 10+ years and thanks to Dr. Knowles' choice of texts, we are certainly up to date in the field."
" Mark is an excellent teacher who encourages and supports learning through inquiry and conversation. Mark was always available to interact or discuss a topic. I learned a tremendous amount about language acquisition and the field of SLA in general."
"This was my first online course ever and it was engaging and interactive".
Note: If you have travel plans during the course, contact your instructor ahead of time to discuss how it will affect your participation in the course.
Tuition for the course is $1320. LGTC 5010 is worth 3 graduate credits. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to download a transcript showing that you have completed the course.
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3 credit hour courses (10 weeks): Drops made by the end of the first week (Friday) get a full refund. Drops made after the one-week deadline and by the end of the second week (Friday) get a 60% refund and will result in a W grade posted on the transcript. Drops made after the 2-week deadline (Friday) will result in a W grade posted on the transcript, and full tuition and fees will be assessed.
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