Part 1: Theories and methods of second language acquisition

  • Course introduction (resources, tools, assessment)

1.1. Grammar-Translation Method

  • Traditional language teaching as Grammar-Translation Method

Larsen-Freeman & Anderson 2011, ch. 2 “Grammar-translation”, pp. 32-38


1.2. Behaviorist vs. Innatist Perspectives

1.2.1. Behaviorism & Audiolingual method

Larsen-Freeman & Anderson 2011, ch. 4 “Audio-Lingual Method”, pp. 59-79

1.2.2. The Innatist Perspective

  • Innatist theory (Chomsky)
  • Krashen’s Monitor Model
  • Direct Method and Natural Approach

1.2.3. Alternative methods

“Designer methods”

  • Suggestopedia
  • Silent Way
  • Total Physical Response & TPRS

1.3. Communicative Language Teaching (CLT)

  • Language to communicate
  • Functions
  • Information-gap & roleplay
  • Use of L1

Larsen-Freeman & Anderson 2011, ch. 9 “Communicative Language Teaching”, pp. 152-171


1.4. Evidence-Based Language Pedagogy

  • Post-method thinking and eclectism
  • Evidence-based teaching
  • Principles:
    • Formulaic expressions
    • competence
    • focus on meaning and form
    • implicit & explicit knowledge
    • input
    • output
    • interaction
    • free production
    • individual differences

Ellis 2005 (“Principles of instructed language learning”)

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