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    Vassar College
   
 
  Dec 15, 2017
 
 
    
Catalogue 2017-2018
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GERM 280 - Foreign Language Learning and Teaching: Theory and Practice

Semester Offered: Spring
1 unit(s)
(Same as EDUC 280 ) This course is designed for students who intend to teach language in the United States or abroad, and for those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of how second languages are learned and taught. In the course, we explore major topics in foreign language teaching and learning, including writing, speaking, listening, reading, culture, and grammar, addressing questions such as: Does explicit grammar instruction actually help students learn grammar? Can you really learn a second language the same way you learn your first one(s), as some language learning software ads claim? What does culture have to do with language, and why should (or shouldn’t) we teach it? As we attend to these and other issues, students reflect on their own language learning experiences and become familiar with the history, scholarship, and practices within the fields of second language acquisition and foreign language pedagogy. Karin Maxey.

Two 75-minute periods.



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