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Language Learning Level 6


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 6
  • Convenor: to be confirmed
  • Prerequisite: Approaches to Language
  • Assessment: a 2500-3000-word essay (100%)

    Module description

    In this module we introduce you to theory and research with a main focus on second and additional language acquisition. In order to help you understand the processes, developmental patterns and factors contributing to second language acquisition, we first begin by exploring how individuals and groups learn a first language.

    Subsequently, we will review a range of topics including:

    • theories of language learning, both first and second
    • individual differences in second language learning (age, aptitude, motivation, etc)
    • interlanguage development
    • ultimate attainment in naturalistic (and classroom) settings.

    In the latter part of the course you will apply your knowledge of theoretical perspectives and research to evaluate the effectiveness of different approaches to second language learning as well as understanding the state-of-the-art in various areas of second language acquisition research.

    Learning objectives

    By the end of this module, you will be able to:

    • explain what is currently known about language acquisition from research, how we have come to know it, and what still needs to be investigated
    • accurately evaluate popular ideas about language acquisition
    • develop informed expectations for language teaching and learning
    • answer your own questions about second language acquisition, frame new questions in the light of current research, and move toward research projects of your own.