• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, European Languages, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Latin American Languages
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

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 critically 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 develop independence as an emerging researcher through carrying out their own study 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, describe and critically evaluate 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. independently 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 including 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 LING6001 or LING6002, 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 LING3101.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable


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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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