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ALM5250 - Second language acquisition

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Anna Margetts


Clayton Second semester 2008 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2008 (Off-campus)


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%
Major data-based project and class presentation (4500 words): 50%
Open-book test (2 hours): 25%

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