This semester, the focus of the module will be on second language acquisition, particularly contexts of instructed language learning. The seminar thus aims to build a bridge between linguistic insights into processes of language learning and the typical classroom situations that future teachers will find themselves in. Be aware, however, that this will not be a didactics class, but a seminar that is primarily concerned with linguistic aspects of language instruction. For example, we will be investigating what the linguistic knowledge of a native speaker “looks like”, how instructed learning can build up these or other forms of knowledge, where “foreign accents” and similar types of native-language influence actually come from, whether an early start of language instruction is a good predictor of success in the foreign language, etc. We will be reading some key conceptual texts as well as several empirical studies on these issues. The course will thus enable students to read original research literature on language acquisition and to present and discuss such research in their own written work.