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GRN3135 - Second Language Acquisition and Attrition

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Heinz Kreutz and Ana Deumert


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


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.


Essay (2000 words): 40%
Research exercise (500 words): 10%
Three class tests (40 minutes each): 40%
Class paper (400 words): 10%
Third year students will be expected to read more widely than second-year students.

Contact hours

2 hours (1 lecture and 1 seminar) per week


A third-year language unit


GRN2135, LIN2550 or LIN3550