Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitLinguistics
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Melanie Burns (DE); Dr Robyn Spence-Brown (DAY)


Previously coded ALM4250


The course will address key concepts, theoretical models, accepted approaches and contested frameworks and theories in the rapidly changing field of second language acquisition. Topics covered include models and theories of second language acquisition, first and second language acquisition, error analysis and interlanguage, interlanguage pragmatics, input and interaction, learner strategies, learning styles, cognitive processes, classroom observation, second language identity and learners' rights.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. summarize key theoretical debates in relation to second language acquisition, and evaluate relevant empirical evidence;
  2. compare the work of competing theorists, and recognise their role in the development of SLA theory;
  3. reflect on their own language learning experience and classroom practice in the light of theoretical and empirical studies;
  4. evaluate major methodological approaches to the study of second language acquisition;
  5. and apply at least one methodology to a selected context.


Within semester assessment: 100%

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