SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
Credit points: 30
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.
Subject Co-ordinatorHoward Nicholas
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters
Available as ElectiveNo
Learning ActivitiesBiological and social influences on second language acquisition; Universal and variational features of second language acquisition; Age and second language acquisition, Interaction, feedback and second language acquisition; pronunciation, vocabulary in second language acquisition
Quota Management StrategyN/A
Quota-conditions or rulesN/A
Minimum credit point requirementN/A
Language Education and Applied Linguistics
AuthorNicholas, H. & Starks, D.
How Languages are Learned
AuthorLigthbown, P. & Spada N.
Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A
Entire subject or partial subjectN/A
Total hours/days requiredN/A
Location of WBL activity (region)N/A
WBL addtional requirementsN/A
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
Intended Learning Outcomes
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Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorHoward Nicholas
Ten 3.00 h lecture/seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
Unscheduled Online Class
One 1.00 h unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
Topic motivation and literature review = 2500 words
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Research interview and transcription = equivalent to 3000 words
Research report (essay format) = 5000 words The research study report is scaffolded by the two previous tasks, briefings on ethical research issues and procedures and in-class activities.
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