LNG3210 Language/Cultural Acquisition Skills

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Prof. Min Ma

Course Description:

Introduction to the highly relational nature of culture and language development. Students will explore principles and skills from observing children in a native acquisition environment and will apply the principles and skills to learning a second language/culture. Attention to formation and shifting of attitude and identity, critical period and giftedness, relationships between linguistic, mental, emotional, social and cultural learning.

How This Course Benefits Students:

The course is an introduction course on the nature of language acquisition and cultural learning with the emphasis on practical skill development from observation and field trips. The purpose is to equip students with the basic skills to effectively engage C2/L2 communities using the learning framework to observe and record details, analyze process, discover structures, define concepts and develop themes. The adoption of a learner attitude and the acculturation of C2/L2 identity are crucial in both courses to foster an open, humble and flexible attitude absolutely necessary not just for learning but for relating and witnessing.

Why This Course Is Important:

Culture and Language Acquisition Skills is important as a class because it is both a burgeoning field in academic studies and because it is a practical class that will equip students with an intercultural perspective and the global skills to engage with target groups as participating learners. Potential impact for our students and for the community is huge and powerful wherever they go. The change we face in the world is dynamic, which requires both awareness and flexibility in thinking, methodology and practice. An open, learning perspective and humble attitude are necessary for effective engagement with culture and language groups. The learning of the target culture and language gives our student an immediate opportunity to encounter, experience, engage and explore the target people groups. So, being able to equip local ministers and global missionaries with training and knowledge to effectively reach and bless these target people groups is a highly critical need for us today.