Available in 2017

Course handbook


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.

Availability2017 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2017

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  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. demonstrate awareness of factors influencing "successful" outcomes in second language acquisition

2. demonstrate an understanding of competing theories of language acquisition as applied to the acquisition of a second language

3. demonstrate the ability to analyse learner output and to identify possible sources of "error"

4. demonstrate advanced presentational skills relevant to specialist studies in Linguistics

5. demonstrate advanced research and general information literacy skills


Investigation 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

Assumed knowledge

LING1110, LING1120

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Analysis of Learner English

Essay: Essay

Quiz: Quizzes

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

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Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks