• 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 Susan Macqueen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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Across the world, people who have already developed the ability to use a language from birth start to learn other languages. For some, additional language learning is required of them, for example, at school. For others, the new language encounter has motivations such as economic opportunity, survival, ancestral connection, love and belonging. How do humans manage this complex task? What affects their success with a new language? This course offers insight into these questions about the learning of additional languages. It introduces the main theoretical approaches and empirical methods in second language acquisition (SLA) research. Topics will include features of language learners and their learning processes (e.g. age, cross-linguistic influences), individual influences on language development (e.g. motivation, aptitude) and social dimensions (e.g. identity). Students will be encouraged to critically reflect on their own experiences as language learners and/or their experiences in relevant professional capacities.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

1. Explain and apply basic concepts and issues in the field of second language acquisition (SLA)
2. Recognise and describe some key SLA theories and related methodological approaches
3. Evaluate SLA research
4. Formulate and carry out a small-scale SLA research project

Indicative Assessment

A reflection on additional language learning at a community or individual level (800 words) with a 200-word summary for discussion board (10%)  [LO 1, 2]


An evaluation of a SLA study (1500 words- 40%) [LO 1, 2, 3]


A small-scale SLA research project (2500 words - 50%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4]

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Workload

2.5 contact hours per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 7.5 hours of independent study (e.g. reading and completing assignments) each teaching week of the semester (total 130 hours).

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.

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Fees

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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
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
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
3914 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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