SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION

EDU5SLA

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Credit points: 30

Subject outline

Students will explore key aspects of the process of additional language acquisition and gain an understanding of differences between major models of this process. They will become familiar with key concepts in additional language acquisition research and the debates that surround them. Students will develop understandings of the relationship between theories of language and theories of how languages are learned. Students will develop understanding of the relevance of additional language acquisition research for additional language teaching as a result of critical evaluation of alternative views of the additional language acquisition process and reflection on their own research and class experiences. Through targeted literature reviews and a small-scale empirical research study, students will learn to place research findings in their theoretical context and judge the relevance of their findings. Students will gain the competence to design and conduct small-scale, ethical additional language acquisition studies.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorHoward Nicholas

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

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Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsLanguage Education and Applied LinguisticsPreliminary Nicholas, H. & Starks, D. 2014ROUTLEDGE
ReadingsHow Languages are Learned (4th edition)PreliminaryLigthbown, P. & Spada N. 2013ROUTLEDGE

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse the nature of second language acquisition in both informal and formal contexts

Activities:
Definitions and experiences of second language acquisition;

02. Develop an advanced understanding of social, biological and environmental influences on second language acquisition

Activities:
Biological and social influences on second language acquisition; Universal and variational features of second language acquisition; Age and second language acquisition

03. Analyse the influence of instructed and other feedback on second language acquisition

Activities:
Interaction, feedback and second language acquisition; pronunciation, vocabulary in second language acquisition

04. Develop an advanced understanding of the different theories and approaches to second language acquisition and their methodologies

Activities:
All sessions: with a particular emphasis in sessions on pragmatics and culture in second language acquisition; current issues in second language acquisition research; biological and social influences on second language acquisition; universal and variational features of second language acquisition; age and second language acquisition

05. Apply an advanced research-based view of the nature of second language development to contexts relevant to the students' own lives

Activities:
Cross-linguistic influences on second language acquisition; current issues in second language acquisition resear

06. Develop an advanced understanding of the history of the field of second language acquisition

Activities:
History of second language acquisition research

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