Linguistics: Psychology of Language Learning (8 Weeks) (LIN101)
- Monday 19:10-21:30
- Start Date:
- James Elwood
- No previous behavioral science courses are assumed, but students should have a TOEFL score of at least 500 and a strong curiosity about the ease (for babies) and difficulty (for adults) of language learning.
- Tokyo (Maps & Directions)
Ideas of how babies learn languages have changed greatly in recent years. The new ideas also affect our understanding of how adults learn new languages. This course will be a brief survey of language learning from before birth to adulthood. Evidence will be drawn from psychology, psychiatry, and neurology as well as from linguistics. After completing this course, people who are trying to learn second languages will understand some of the difficulties and techniques of learning. Those who are interested in language teaching will understand more clearly what areas they want to study further.
James Elwood is an associate professor in the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences at Meiji University, where he also serves as a deputy director of the International Student Office. He obtained his doctorate in TESOL from Temple University and works as an adjunct professor there as well as at GRIPS and Chiba University. His research interests include writing assessment, psycholinguistics, technology in education, and psychometrics, especially in the area of structural equation modeling. When not working, he enjoys baseball, cooking, and puppetry.
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