• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, European Languages, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Latin American Languages

Learning new languages is a common human experience. Whether we are required to learn a language at school, or whether the need is driven by economic opportunity, survival, ancestral connection or even love, the human capacity to learn new languages raises many questions. How do humans manage the complex task of learning new linguistic structures? Why are some people better at language learning than others? What is the relationship in the mind between established and new language patterns? How can we learn languages more effectively? This course offers insight into these and other questions through examining theoretical approaches, empirical methods and findings in second language acquisition research. Topics include features of language learners and their learning processes (e.g., age, crosslinguistic influences), individual influences on language development (e.g., motivation, aptitude) and social dimensions (e.g., identity, community). Students will be encouraged to reflect critically on their own experiences as language learners and/or their experiences in relevant professional capacities. Students will have an opportunity to carry out a small research project on an aspect of language learning that interests them.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. explain and apply key terms, concepts and issues in the field of Second Language Acquisition (SLA);
  2. recognise and describe key SLA theories and related methodological approaches;
  3. locate and critically evaluate SLA research across key topics, and in-depth for at least one specialist topic, identifying gaps or challenges in current knowledge;
  4. formulate and carry out SLA research; and
  5. communicate clearly and knowledgeably about language learning topics to specialist and general audiences.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Engagement tasks, for example quizzes, forum discussions and presentations (20) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  2. Critical evaluation (30) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Research project (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, you must have completed LING1001 or LING1002 and 6 units of 2000-level Linguistics (LING) courses, or you must gain the permission of the convener. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LING2101 or LING6101.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable


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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4980
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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
4225 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person View

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