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Second Language Acquisition and Attrition (6 points)


Leader: Dr Heinz Kreutz

Clayton First semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: Issues to be covered include the distinction between language learning and acquisition; the social context of these; the relation between first, second and bilingual acquisition; interlanguage and interface; grammaticalisation phases; factors in successful second language acquisition; bilingual education; field work; attrition as the inverse of acquisition; activation and reactivation of language skills. In the tutorial the acquisition and learning of German will be discussed.

Assessment: Essay (2000 word) : 40% + Research exercise (500 words): 10% + Three class tests (40 minutes each): 40% + Clas paper (400 words): 10%

Contact Hours: 2 hours (1 x lecture and 1 x seminar) per week

Corequisites: A second-year language course at level GRN2415 or higher

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