SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION

EDU5SLA

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Credit points: 30

Subject outline

Students examine competing models and explanations of the factors influencing second language acquisition (SLA) and development, (i.e. any language learnt subsequent to the first language). Theories about the possible paths of language acquisition are explored, as well as the historical development of theories. The relevance of research findings for assessing and teaching second or foreign languages are considered. Students are expected to be able to read new SLA research literature, place it in a theoretical context and judge the relevance of the findings. Students are expected to have developed a principled basis for the consideration of classroom-based interlanguage development in a second or foreign language, use appropriate teaching methodologies and to be able to participate as researchers in SLA.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorDonna Starks

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

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Learning resources

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsLanguage Education and Applied LinguisticsPreliminaryNicholas & StarksROUTLEDGE 2014

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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

Activities:
Definitions and experiences of second language acquisition;

02. Understand 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. Understand 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. Understand 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 a 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. Understand the history of the field of second language acquisition

Activities:
History of second language acquisition research

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