• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

Students will have gained insight into the complex nature of learning a second language. They will be able to identify aspects of learning which are shared by all learners as well as many areas of difference between them. Students will have gained an initial understanding of specific language acquisition theories and be able to assess their suitability for describing and/or explaining different dimensions of language learning.

Students will furthermore be able to elicit oral learner language data on English as a second language and conduct a simple interlanguage analysis based on principles taught in the course. Students will also have developed an ability to apply Processability Theory in analysing oral learner data on English as a second language, determine what stage the learner has reached with respect to word order as well as morphology, and write a research report which represents the data and findings in ways appropriate to the discipline. Students will also have developed an ability to conduct small-scale research on a topic of their interest related to the field of Second Language Acquisition and write up the results of their research in ways appropriate to the discipline. Specific learning outcomes for a possible, alternative larger project will vary with the nature of the project.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the complex nature of learning a second language.
  2. Identify aspects of learning which are shared by all learners as well as many areas of difference between them.
  3. Demonstrate a basic understanding of specific language acquisition theories and be able to assess their suitability for describing and/or explaining different dimensions of language learning.
  4. Elicit oral learner language data on English as a second language and conduct a simple interlanguage analysis based on principles taught in the course.
  5. apply Processability Theory in analysing oral learner data on English as a second language,
  6. Determine what stage the learner has reached with respect to word order as well as morphology, and,
  7. Write a research report which represents the data and findings in ways appropriate to the discipline.
  8. Either

a) formulate a proposal for a small-scale research project on a topic of their interest, related to the field of Second Language Acquisition and write up the results of their research in ways appropriate to the discipline, or

b) critically evaluate Processability Theory in the light of at least two other theories of second language acquisition.

Indicative Assessment

2 assignments of 600 words each (15% each = 30%) [LOs 1,2,3]

1 pilot project of 1,000 words (20%) [LO 4]

1 empirical project of 1,500 words (25%)  [LOs 5, 6, 7]

1 research proposal or theoretical essay of 3,000 words (25%) [LO 8]

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Workload

In addition to the 2.5 weekly contact hours, students will be expected to spend an average of 7.5 hours per week reading and completing assignments.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LING2101. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

General reading brick (Available on Wattle);

Graduate reading list (Available from Chifley Short Loan);

Further background reading (Available from Chifley Short Loan);

 

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1542
2004 $1926
2005 $2286
2006 $2286
2007 $2286
2008 $2286
2009 $2286
2010 $2358
2011 $2424
2012 $2472
2013 $2472
2014 $2478
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3618
2004 $3618
2005 $3618
2006 $3618
2007 $3618
2008 $3618
2009 $3618
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3319 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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