Welcome to Psychology of Language Learning, a course in which we will engage in extensive consideration of issues germane to understanding the interplay of psychology and language acquisition.

If you would like (for some inane or perhaps insane reason), here is the course syllabus for your reading pleasure. Of course, I reserve the right to amend it, so please treat this as a guideline.

In my courses I seldom use textbooks, and in the present course we will also have no textbook. Class material will be available here, on Dropbox, and on Google Drive; feel free to download, save, print, or otherwise use it. I seldom make paper handouts, but if you prefer paper, please take care of printing files yourself.



Hereafter you will find a reasonably detailed synopsis of the respective classes we will enjoy this term.

Thus, with no further ado, here are the four units with their total of 15 sessions.



Session #1 (Thursday, January 26) — Why Is it so difficult to learn another language? 

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Session #2 (February 2) — The Role of Sound in Language 

The third factor is physiological, which in simple terms means chemical.

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Session #3 (February 9) — Factors That Promote Language Learning 

In our class this evening, we'd like to address at least two points concerning some of the myriad factors which affect language acquisition. The first is an attitudinal factor, a positive, 'can-do' outlook on language learning. This outlook has gained more traction lately with increasing interest in can-do lists to aid in assessment and motivation of L2 learners.

The second is, for lack of a more precise word or phrase, the innate ability to acquire additional languages. With a bit of effort we can find anecdotes of polyglot language learners that have acquired multiple languages (some of whom acquired dozens!).

The third factor is the role of chemicals in facilitating language acquisition. Now you might question whether this is a serious notion, but some support certainly exists for

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Session #4 (February 16) — Context and Language Immersion 

Building on the discussion in Session #3 about factors that facilitate language acquisition, this evening we will look at the role of context. This is, of course, important in the distinction between ESL and EFL in the language learning field.

Some nay-sayers, however, have steadfastly maintainted that learning (and learning in) a second or foreign language is detrimental to development of one's first language.

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Session #5 (February 23) — L2 Plus Alpha (L3) 

This pair of workshops will feature a

For our enjoyment during these two sessions, we have chosen material based on the fascinating world of biology.

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Session #6 (March 2) — Young Children: Learning and Forgetting 

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Session #7 (date TBA) — Early Language Education 

This pair of workshops will feature a

For our enjoyment during these two sessions, we have chosen material based on the fascinating world of biology.

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Session #8 (date TBA) — Maturational Constraints and the Critical Period 

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Session #9 (date TBA) — Brains Receptive to Second Languages 

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Session #10 (date TBA) — Policy Issues 

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Casual Reading

In case you ever are in need of something to borrow some of your time, there are, of course, many books dealing with technology. A quick list of fiction works off the top of my head would include the following:

  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling
  • The Circle by Dave Eggers
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Date last updated: December 28, 2016 * Copyright 2017 by Midas, Cyrus, and all the other lunatics.