6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
Not offered in 2017
The unit explores social factors in second language acquisition, the nature of first, second and bilingual acquisition, early and late language learning, the nature of interlanguage, cognitive, interactionist and sociocultural models of language and general learning, language attrition, individual differences in language learning, and the role of formal instruction in the language classroom.
Upon successful completion of the unit students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the major applied linguistic theories that have influenced the field of second language acquisition;
- Understand the role of the individual learner differences in second language learning;
- Evaluate the role of internal and external factors in language learning;
- Analyse a learner's language;
- Apply all these understandings to the practice of enabling learners to learn and acquire a second language in both formal and informal contexts;
- Relate the research literature to their own and others' second language acquisition experience.
In addition a more in-depth critical appreciation of the theoretical underpinnings of second language acquisition and the research literature at third year level.
Within semester assessment: 100%
Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.
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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study
A cornerstone unit in Linguistics