Course Syllabus

JAPAN 441: The Acquisition of Japanese as a Second/Foreign Language

How do people learn Japanese?  How are languages learned in general?  How can we learn more about language learning processes?  In this course, these questions will be addressed by considering Japanese second language acquisition (SLA) research themes that are of interest to undergraduates new to the study of SLA. Themes include classroom SLA, learner language, language learning motivation, language learning and gender, and study abroad. Students will read research on Japanese SLA in each of these areas, with lectures clarifying theoretical frameworks and broader findings in the field in each of these areas. Students will also collect and analyze their own classroom interactive data and interview data, with interview research being taught as a methodology of inquiry. 

Prerequisites:  Enrollment in or completion of a 300-level Japanese language course, or similar or higher proficiency in Japanese.  Previous coursework in linguistics, psychology, sociolinguistics or social sciences is helpful but not required. Students without a background in Japanese may enroll with permission.

Grading and Assignment Descriptions: See the full syllabus. Assignments are below. 


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