Second Language Development and Case Studies

It’s almost the end of the second week of classes and we’ve been going at a pretty good clip through our course work. Here are some observations that I’ve had in my classes:

In second language acquisition, the text we are using is a book called How Languages are Learned by Patsy M. Lightbown and Nina Spada. In this book (coincidentally, my professor studied under Spada at the University of Toronto), we go over how primary and secondary languages are acquired by children and adults alike. It’s interesting to see several themes in my own second language acquisition journey reflected in this book, and makes me understand why, as an adult learner, I felt like I was incapable of learning a second language.

In Research and Writing, we are examining methods of research, both qualitative and quantitative, and coming up with research proposals for implementing case studies of our own in regards to our topic of citizenship English in Oklahoma City. I hope to come up with something that would be helpful in shaping my Master’s thesis, or at least something worth presenting at the annual TESOL conference in a year or two.

Next week I am traveling out of the country for two weeks to road trip around Iceland with friends, so I am interested to see how taking satellite courses impacts the rate at which I learn about the course material. One of the big reasons I chose this program was the faculty’s encouragement and willingness to let students travel during the semester.

Until next week,

Miriah

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