What is contrastive analysis? What linguistic and psychological theories led to the advent of CA? What are the shortcomings of CA?
What is error analysis? How is it fundamentally different from CA? What theories led to the advent of error analysis? What is the difference between errors and mistakes? What are the shortcomings of EA?
What is interlanguage? What are the characteristics of IL? What are the differences between interlanguage development in SLA vs. L1? What is fossilization?
MORPHEME ORDER STUDIES
What are morphemes? What is the difference between inflectional and derivational morphemes? Which type is accounted for in morpheme order studies? What are the shortcomings of morpheme order studies?
THE MONITOR MODEL
What is the monitor model? How is this approach different from earlier SLA approaches? What are the hypotheses of this model? What are its shortcomings?
What is UG? How does this approach solve the logical problem of language learning? Explain the principle/parameter features of language? What new insight does this approach bring to SLA? What are its shortcomings?
How is language acquisition viewed under systemic functional linguistics?
What is the main argument of the Markedness Differential Hypothesis?