- Code LING2101
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
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:
- explain and apply basic concepts and issues in the field of second language acquisition (SLA);
- recognise and describe some key SLA theories and related methodological approaches;
- evaluate SLA research; and
- formulate and carry out a small-scale SLA research project.
- Engagement tasks including quizzes, forum discussions and presentations (20) [LO 1,2,3]
- Evaluation of empirical research (30) [LO 1,2,3]
- Research project (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks including seminars/tutorials and associated activities; b) 94 hours of independent research, reading and writing.
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