Course Description

Develop a Deeper Understanding in the Field of Second Language Acquisition (SLA)

In this course, you will trace the historical development of the theories and concepts in the field of Second Language Acquisition, and study the implications of these theories in the language classroom. Areas of focus in this course include age factors, psychological factors, sociocultural factors, and linguistic factors that play a role in second language acquisition.

Learner Outcomes

  • Analyze schools of thought in language teaching
  • Identify historical influences that inform language teaching
  • Describe theories of first language acquisition
  • Compare first and second language acquisition
  • Analyze the role of age in language acquisition
  • Describe general human learning theories and role in language teaching and learning
  • Explain factors that influence learning
  • Describe how learning styles and personality influence language learning
  • Identify strategies that people use to learn languages
  • Describe sociocultural factors that influence language learning
  • Describe communicative competence and identify the characteristics that define a communicative approach to language teaching and learning
  • Identify features of pragmatics and its role in second language teaching and learning

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 units of graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education to recent college graduates, career changers and educators who wish to develop their competencies in the field of TESOL.

Course Materials: Text, Principles of Language Learning and Teaching by H. Douglas Brown, available at your local bookstore or online at Amazon.com.

Technical Requirements


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Course Format
Course Fee(s)
EDU PD - $317 credit (2 units) $317.00
Available for Extension Credit
2 units
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