Second Language Acquisition
Available in 2012
|Callaghan Campus||Semester 1|
|WebLearn GradSchool||Semester 1|
Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
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.
Upon 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.
Topics 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
Foundations of Linguistics (LING6910) or equivalent.
Modes of Delivery
Distance Learning : Paper Based
Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term