Spanish 256A: Studies in Spanish Linguistics
Fossilization in Adult Second Language Acquisition
Fossilization has been defined in various ways, but it often includes learner behaviors such as low proficiency, backsliding, errors that are impervious to correction, and non-targetlike performance. For this class you will read about fossilization and apply this theoretical knowledge to design, conduct, and write up an empirical study of a fossilized adult L2 learner. In your study you will address and hopefully remedy selected fossilized aspects of your tutee’s L2 interlanguage. This course is open to all majors and language backgrounds. Prior knowledge of Spanish is not required. All readings will be in English and the experimental section can be conducted with fossilized speakers of any second language.
Thursdays 3:00 – 5:50 pm
This course is an elective for the Center for World Language’s graduate-level Certificate in Teaching Foreign/Heritage Languages. For more information on this program, please contact Lyn Repath-Martos at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at (310) 825-1875, or visit the TF/HL Certificate website at http://www.international.ucla.edu/languages/heritagelanguages/article.asp?parentid=52338. This course is highly recommended for graduate students who may wish to serve as foreign language Teaching Assistants.
Published: Thursday, February 15, 2007