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Second/Additional Language Acquisition (Module)

Module description

This module will explore the nature of language acquisition and learning primarily from a second language perspective, but will also look at aspects of first language acquisition in order to better understand the challenges of learning an additional language.

The module will provide students with an extensive overview of SLA theory and research, identifying key trends and principles relevant to both classroom-based and informal pedagogies. It will explore the individual and social processes involved in the development and use of additional languages, highlighting how in contrast to more conventional approaches to the field, SLA can be framed within a bi/multilingual development perspective. It will explore the ongoing debate between theorists adopting a cognitive perspective and those adopting sociolinguistic/sociocultural perspectives.

Throughout the module students will be encouraged to evaluate both critically established and developing theories regarding additional language learning, examining these in light of their own experience of language learning and teaching, and to apply these to a range of contexts in order to explore the key issues involved. Students will undertake a language learning experience which will form the basis of a written report as part of the assessment for the module.

*Please note that although all module information is correct for the 2020/21 academic year, it is subject to change for future academic years. 

Staff information

Dr Jo Lewkowicz

Teaching pattern

Not applicable

Module assessment - more information

  • 3000 written word report on language learning experience (100%) 
  • 15 minute group presentation and handout (not assessed)

Key information

Module code 7SSEE024

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework presentation/s

Credit value 15

Semester Semester 2 (spring)

Study abroad module Yes