ALM5250 - Second language acquisition
12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL
Postgraduate Faculty of Arts
Leader: Dr Anna Margetts
This unit introduces students to the study of second language acquisition and attrition. The relation between first and second language acquisition; learning/acquisition contexts; foreign language learning vs second language acquisition; contrastive and error analysis; interlanguage; learner variability - age, aptitude, cognitive styles, attitude and motivation; theories of second language acquisition; learning strategies; classroom interaction analysis; implications for curriculum content; and attrition as the inverse of acquisition. Students work on problems in a language of interest to them.
Minor assignment (2500 words): 25%