• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Dan Devitt
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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This course gives an overview of the field of second language acquisition research. The study of second language acquisition started out as a primarily pedagogical enterprise and has now taken a distinctly cognitive slant. This course will trace the historic factors leading to this development, in particular theory formation and the analysis of observational data. A number of approaches to the explanation of language acquisition will be reviewed and evaluated against the background of empirical research.

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. conduct a small study on the acquisition of English as a second language demonstrating their ability to:

a) collect their own data based on methodological principles taught in the course;

b) apply Processability Theory in analysing their data and determining which stage of acquisition their learner has reached with respect to word order as well as morphology;

c) produce a research report which presents their data and findings in ways appropriate to the discipline.

Indicative Assessment

2 assignments of 600 words each (20% each = 40%)  [LO 1,2,3]

Pilot project of 1,000 words (20%) [LO 4a,c]

Empirical research project of 1,500 words (40%) [LO 4a,b,c]

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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

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 6 units of Linguistics (LING) courses and either LING1001 or LING2001. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LING6101. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

General reading brick (Available on WebCT);

Further background reading (Available from Chifley Short Loan);





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Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3313 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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