SPAN-T 510: Second Language Acquisition for Spanish Teaching

How is Spanish acquired in the classroom? As a Spanish teacher, how do I use this knowledge to positively impact opportunities for acquisition and learning in the classroom? Using recent theories and research studies on the acquisition of second/additional languages (L2), this course focuses on these questions. We will begin with contextualizing the use of Spanish in the United States, identify the objective(s) for our own classroom Spanish learners, and explore how second languages are acquired by people with different first languages (L1). We will subsequently examine the main areas of L2 Spanish acquisition research: vocabulary, morphosyntax, pragmatics, pronunciation, and variation, how different variables affect acquisition including individual differences of learners and their teachers, as well as learning contexts including online and immersion contexts. We will pay special attention to the concept of task as an essential component of both teaching and learning. We will see what tasks are, what can be accomplished by using tasks, and how to adapt them for your current teaching contexts. This course has been designed for teachers that are looking to complement and expand their experience/knowledge through a combination of individual and collaborative activities, with space for self-reflection, in order to share knowledge and learn from others.

This is a Full Semester course. Participants may register for one Full Semester course OR one course each in Winter/Spring I and Winter/Spring II.

Related Courses by Institution (by course number)
SPAN-T 510 Second Language Acquisition for Spanish Instruction (Fall 2021, Winter/Spring 2022, Fall 2022)
SPAN-T 520 Spanish Writing and Grammar (W/S 2022)
SPAN-T 530 Cultural Expression (Summer 2021, Fall 2022)
SPAN-T 540 Spanish Phonetics (Fall 2021, Summer 2022, W/S 2023)
SPAN-T 550 Topics in Hispanic Studies (W/S 2021, Summer 2022)
SPAN-T 560 Hispanic Sociolinguistics (Sum. 2021)

Related Courses by Institution (by semester)
SPAN-T 550 Topics in Hispanic Studies (Winter/Spring 2021)
SPAN-T 530 Spanish Through Cultural Expressions (Summer 2021)
SPAN-T 560 Hispanic Sociolinguistics (Summer 2021)
SPAN-T 510 Second Language Acquisition for Spanish Instruction (Fall 2021)
SPAN-T 540 Spanish Phonetics (Fall 2021)
SPAN-T 510 Second Language Acquisition for Spanish Instruction (Winter/Spring 2022)
SPAN-T 520 Spanish  Writing and Grammar (Winter/Spring 2022)
SPAN-T 540 Spanish Phonetics (Summer 2022)
SPAN-T 550 Topics in Hispanic Studies (Summer 2022)
SPAN-T 510 Second Language Acquisition for Spanish Instruction (Fall 2022)
SPAN-T 530 Spanish Through Cultural Expressions (Fall 2022)
SPAN-T 540 Spanish Phonetics (Winter/Spring 2023)

Indiana University

Instructor: Laura Gurzynski-Weiss

Graduate Credits: 3

Dates: 1/10/22 – 5/6/22

Location: Online

Format: Asynchronous

Prerequisites: Spanish proficiency, qualified to teach content area

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