- Code LING2101
- Unit Value 6 units
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.
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 AssessmentA 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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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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