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LING3001 Second Language Acquisition

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Key constructs in SLA theory;
  • A range of current theoretical perspectives on language learning, and indicative supporting evidence;
  • The main characteristics and stages of L2 development.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Describe and critically evaluate a range of language acquisition theories;
  • Plan and implement an empirical investigation using linguistic data;
  • Relate knowledge of theoretical concepts in linguistics to empirical data.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Formulate a research question and implement a project to investigate it;
  • Analyse datasets systematically and extract results;
  • Reflect on and evaluate your own learning and skills.


First language acquisition, bilingual acquisition, and the implications of first language acquisition research for the study of SLA.  Second language acquisition. Particular attention will be paid to the following issues: - key concepts and research methods used to study second language acquisition - the nature of interlanguage and L2 developmental sequences - similarities and differences between first and second language acquisition - the role in SLA played by Universal Grammar - the role played by cognitive mechanisms - the role played by social factors

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include * Lectures * Seminars * Assignment tutorials * Virtual learning environment (Blackboard) Learning activities include * Individual study and research * Group discussion and problemsolving (in seminars) * Designing and managing a project * Accessing online resources (e.g. learner corpora). Innovative or special features of this module  Data analysis task using learner corpus data

Independent Study128
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Spada, N and Lightbown, P (2006). How Languages are Learned.. 

Mitchell, R and Myles, F (2004). Second Language Learning Theories. 

VanPatten, B and Williams, J (2007). Theories in Second Language Acquisition. 

Saville-Troike, M (2006). Introduction to Second Language Acquisition. 


Assessment Strategy

Assessments designed to provide informal, on-module feedback  Discussing draft reports and essays


MethodPercentage contribution
Data Analysis  (2000 words) 50%
Reflective essay  (2500 words) 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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