Second Language Acquisition

Course code LING6030Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course will provide students with psychological, sociological and linguistic perspectives on the acquisition of a second language, with particular emphasis on English as a Second/Foreign language.

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. an understanding of the psychological and social processes underlying acquisition and use of a second language;
2. an understanding of the contribution to SLA of prior linguistic knowledge ("transfer" from native language; linguistic universals);
3. the ability to identify, and to interpret the significance of, "errors" in learners' language output;
4. the ability to identify and evaluate the learner's use of communicative strategies;
5. skills in critical reading of relevant literature and presentation of ideas.
ContentTopics to be covered include:
* the learning process - theories of language learning; differences between first and second language learning
* the learning environment - sociolinguistic factors affecting language acquisition
* what makes a "good" language learner - psychological, attitudinal and maturational factors; Krashen's "monitor"; the "critical period" hypothesis
* the input - role of linguistic universals, first language, target language
* the nature of the output - approximation to target (error analysis) vs developing system (interlanguage); acquisition order, development stages
Replacing Course(s)None
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeFoundations of Linguistics (LING6910) or equivalent.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : Paper Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsCallaghan: Analysis of learner English (equivalent to approx. 1000 words) 20% Essay (approx. 2500 words)= 40%
Distance: Analysis of learner English (equivalent to approx. 1000 words) 20% Essay (approx. 2500 words)= 40%
Other: (please specify)Callaghan: Poster presentation = 40%
Distance: Take home short answers = 40%
Contact HoursLecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for LING6030