The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook

Description

The course provides students with linguistic, psychological and social perspectives on the acquisition of a second language, with particular emphasis on English as a Second Language. Topics include the concepts of 'interlanguage', 'error analysis', 'transfer' from first language, and 'natural order of acquisition', 'fossilisation', and 'critical period' for language acquisition.


Availability2020 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Recognise factors influencing "successful" outcomes in second language acquisition.

2. Compare and contrast competing theories of language acquisition as applied to the acquisition of a second language.

3. Identify and classify learner errors and evaluate the significance of errors.

4. Formulate, support and effectively communicate own position on an issue in the field of SLA.


Content

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. Instructed second language acquisition: SLA in the classroom; Pienemann's (1985) Learnability/Teachability Hypothesis; effective modes of instruction.

6. Major theories in SLA: Krashen's Monitor Theory; Schumann's Acculturation Model; Pienemann's Multidimensional Model


Assumed knowledge

10 units in linguistics at 1000 level


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Analysis of Learner English (20%)

Essay: Essay (40%)

Quiz: Quizzes (4 x 10% = 40%)


Contact hours

Callaghan

Lecture

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

Callaghan

Lecture

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