(Prerequisite, TS 600 Linguistics for Language Teachers) The purpose of this course is to introduce students to theories and research in Second Language Acquisition (SLA). Students will be introduced to the history of SLA and Research Methodologies. Students should also become familiar with various theoretical approaches to language learning including Universal Grammar, Cognitive, Functional/pragmatic, Interactionist, and Sociocultural, Sociolinguistics. Students will also be introduced to and should become familiar with at least one research methodology depending on the questions they prefer to ask. SLA is a theoretical and experimental field of study that examines language development, in this case the acquisition of second languages. The term second includes "foreign" and "third", "fourth", etc.