The purpose of this course is to gain an understanding of how learners in a classroom differ from one another and the impact these individual differences in language learning have on the process of second language acquisition, the rate of acquisition, and performance in the classroom. Students will: 1) explore the role of cognitive aspects such as aptitude and field independence in SLA 2) explore the role of affective factors such as motivation and risk-taking 3) discuss how language learning strategies influence student performance 4) discuss the pedagogical implications for language teachers.