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LING319 Second Language Acquisition

Examines the process, research, and theories of second language acquisition (SLA), and factors that facilitate or impede SLA.

How do people learn second and foreign languages? It seems that we effortlessly learn first languages as children, but we struggle to learn other languages later. Does age matter? Do first languages influence second language learning? Can we just 'pick up' a second language? Is conversing with others important? Does error correction help? Is practice necessary? Why do some people learn language more easily than others? These are some of the topics this paper explores by looking at the main approaches that have informed research into second language acquisition (SLA), and implications for teaching will be regularly explored. The emphasis on interaction and cognition, which meet in sociocultural theory, reflects current research trends, as well as my own research interests.

Paper title Second Language Acquisition
Paper code LING319
Subject Linguistics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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One 200-level LING paper
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Teaching staff
Dr Anne Feryok
Paper Structure
  • Second-language-learner language
  • Second-language learning processes
  • Second-language-learner factors
Teaching Arrangements
Lecture with discussion.
Highly recommended: Ortega, L. (2008). Understanding second language acquisition. London: Hodder Education.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate understanding of key concepts in second language acquisition
  • Demonstrate ability to summarise published research and theoretical studies
  • Demonstrate ability to identify and analyse patterns in second language data
  • Demonstrate ability to use theoretical concepts to elucidate second language data

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Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system