Spring 2018 Courses


German 8600 - A Conversation-Analytic Approach to Second Language Acquisition

Mondays, 1:00-3:30, HH 488
Dr. Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm

Conversation Analysis (CA) is a methodology that originated more than 40 years ago as a sociological approach for studying social interaction and language use.  Over the course of its life, CA has spread rapidly beyond the walls of sociology, shaping the work of scholars and practitioners in a variety of disciplines, including linguistics, applied linguistics, psychology, and communication studies.  Particularly, in recent years a body of scholarship has emerged that uses CA approach to study second language acquisition.  This graduate seminar aims to: a) provide students an understanding of the main domains of research in CA (turn taking, repair, action formation and ascription, and action sequencing) and b) to uncover analytic tools and methodological techniques that CA has to offer SLA and L2 interaction. 

You will develop understandings of:

·      Theoretical principles of Conversation Analysis

·      Implications of CA as an approach to SLA

·      Transcribing and systematic analysis of L2 data

Students will also develop powers of observation, attention to detail, and analytical skills.

Readings: Available on Carmen.

This course is taught in English.

EDUTL 7306 Language Socialization

Dr. Leslie C. Moore
Spring 2018
Hours of instruction M 4:30-6:50

Language socialization research investigates how the processes of linguistic, cultural, and social development are interlinked, and how these processes vary across contexts. Researchers using the language socialization framework seek to understand
  • How people learn to use language in the specific ways that enable them to participate in a particular group or community
  • How participants in socializing interactions (re)shape codes and contexts
  • How micro everyday and macro socio-cultural phenomena are interconnected in processes of human development and learning-teaching
  • In this seminar you will
    1. Learn about and learn to engage critically and creatively with language socialization research – theory and methodology, core topics and questions, findings and insights, challenges and opportunities.
    2. Explore how the language socialization framework relates to your own research interests.
    3. Develop your scholarly skills in reading, writing, presenting, and designing research.
    We will read journal articles, a monograph, and selected chapters from 2 edited volumes. All 3 books are available through OSU Libraries as e-books.



Instructed Second Language Acquisition: What Is The Relationship Between Theory, Research And Classroom Practice?

Thursday 2:20-5:00

Professor Wynne Wong (wong.240@osu.edu)

Instructed second language acquisition (SLA) as a subfield of SLA has become an increasingly important area of study within second language studies. This is evidenced by a surge in the number of books and volumes on the effects of instruction the last few years. What is the relationship between instructed second language acquisition and more general second language acquisition? To what extent is the former informed by the latter? To what extent is classroom practice informed by theory and research in both areas? 

In this course we will: 

·      discuss major theories in SLA;

·      examine research in the area of instructed SLA;

·      look at how (or if ) instructed SLA research is informed by SLA theory;

·      analyze various pedagogical practices to determine how (or if) they are informed by research & theory in SLA;

·      create pedagogical activities that are informed by theory and research;

·      design a research proposal to investigate an issue in instructed SLA.

Prerequisite for the course: There is no pre-requisite but a basic course in second language acquisition is strongly recommended. Course is taught in English.