Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

GERM1240B - English : Applied linguistics and research methods


Credits : 5

Lecturer :
Teaching assistant :
Mode of delivery :
Face-to-face , second term, 30 hours of theory and 15 hours of exercises.

Timetable :
Second term
Monday from 13:30 to 14:30 at 109 Marais 411
Friday from 13:30 to 15:30 at 109 Marais 611

Language of instruction :

Learning outcomes :
The course proper focusses on Second Language Acquisition and Learner Corpus Research. Students will become familiar with the concepts and methods used in this field of linguistics. They will be required to study one specific aspect of learner language and give an academic presentation about their chosen subject.

In addition to the theoretical course, students will follow 15h of practical exercises which aim to develop their English proficiency. By the end of the exercise sessions, students are expected to have reached level B2+/C1 (in speech and writing) on the Common European Framework of Reference.

Prerequisites :
For the Bachelor in Modern Languages and Letters: German, Dutch and English :

Co-requisites :

Course contents :
The course proper first will take the shape of a research seminar on Second Language Acquisition and learner corpus research. Once the basic terminology and methods have been acquired, students will take part in collaborative learning: students will engage in a project which aims to study one aspect of learner language. They will be actively guided by the teacher in this project.

The exercise sessions will tackle the four language skills (speech, writing, reading, listening). Teacher-led sessions will emphasise productive skills (speech and writing) via a variety of activities: pronunciation exercises using up-to-date technologies, oral debates on current affairs, writing exercises linked to the topics tackled in the sessions. Students are required to create a weekly podcast to actively train oral proficiency skills (continuous assessment).

In addition, students will continue to study the Oxford Word Skills Advanced (Oxford University Press) vocabulary book (see GERM1240A).

Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
For the course proper:
- Reading scientific papers in SLA/learner corpus research;
- Collaborative learning/project work.

During the exercise sessions, students will do a variety of activities in the teacher-led sessions (phonetics, oral debates, writing exercises, etc) and will combine this with weekly online tasks to be done individually or in groups (pronunciation, reading and listening). Formative tests will be organised during the term to assess learners with respect to the different language skills.

Assessment methods and criteria :

- Written exam in June which includes theoretical questions as well as a section on English proficiency.
- Weighting theory and exercises: 60% & 40% of the total score.
o Assessment of the linguistic project (50% of the total score for the theoretical section of the exam);
o Podcasts (global score): 40% of the total score for the exercise section of the exam.

Recommended or required reading :
- Scientific papers available on Moodle;
- Gairns, R. & Redman, S. (2008). Oxford Word Skills (Advanced). Oxford University Press. (chapitres disponibles sur Moodle)