Second Language Acquisition

Course code LING3120Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Linguistic, psychological and social perspectives on the acquisition of a second language, with particular emphasis on English as a Second Language. Topics include the concept of "interlanguage", error analysis, "transfer" from first language, and natural order of acquisition.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:
1. awareness of factors influencing "successful" outcomes in second language acquisition
2. an understanding of competing theories of language acquisition as applied to the acquisition of a second language
3. the ability to analyse learner output and to identify possible sources of "error"
4. advanced presentational skills relevant to specialist studies in Linguistics
5. advanced research and general information literacy skills
ContentInvestigation of the process of second language acquisition from the perspective of the learner, with particular emphasis on the following areas:
1. The role of L1: Contrastive Analysis Hypothesis; Creative Construction Hypothesis; markedness.
2. Error Analysis: classification, explanation and evaluation of errors.
3. Interlanguage: systematic nature of interlanguages; order of acquisition; variability within interlanguage.
4. Individual learner differences: age, aptitude, motivation, personality factors.
5. Learner strategies and communication strategies.
6. Instructed second language acquisition: SLA in the classroom; Pienemann's (1985) Learnability/Teachability Hypothesis; effective modes of instruction.
7. Major theories in SLA: Krashen's Monitor Theory; Schumann's Acculturation Model; Pienemann's Multidimensional Model
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeLING1110, LING1120
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments*Analysis of learner English (equivalent to approx. 1000 words)- 20%
*Essay (2000 words)- 40%
Quiz - ClassFour multiple choice quizzes - 10% each
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for LING3120