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LLSeminar Japanese as a second language



This course examines various aspects of learning and using a second language, with a particular emphasis on Japanese as a second language. Research on second language acquisition (SLA) is multi-disciplinary in nature. The course will introduce and review mostly linguistic and psychological factors of SLA that underlie the process of adult language learning. General issues that will be discussed include the role of native language, bi(multi)lingualism and identity, acquisition of pragmatics and politeness, language, cognition and multimodal communication in second language acquisition. We will be focusing on Japanese specific as well as crosslinguistic and universal issues.

Course objectives

  • To foster understanding in issues that relate to second language acquisition and use.

  • To develop the ability to think critically about research findings in the field, and present opinions and arguments in written and oral form.

  • To raise awareness of one-s own language learning, and cultivate the ability to relate one-s own learning situations to theories/findings in the field

  • To develop skills of analysis and argumentation when writing an academic essay.


See timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Course Load

Total studie hours 5 ECTS= 140 hours
A brief calculation of the breakdown of the course load hours:
Hours necessary for attending lectures (2 hours p/w x 14 weeks = 28 hours)
Reading=62 hours
Assignments and research paper=50 hours

Assessment method

To complete the final mark, please take notice of the following:
Participation elements (participation, presentation, assignments): 40%
Analytical paper and final essay: 60%


Yes, see for more info Blackboard

Reading list

N. Spada & P. M. Lightbown. (2013). How languages are learned. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

There will also be handouts.


Registration through uSis. Not registered, means no permission to attend this course. See also the ‘Registrationprocedures for classes and examinations’ for registration deadlines and more information on how to register

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

A la carte


Dr.K. Yoshioka.


BAIS students can get permission to upgrade this course to level 300 through additional course work .