Aims and Fit of Module
• An overview of Applied Linguistics
• an introduction to second language acquisition (SLA)
• • an overview of theoretical issues in linguistic theory and application
• • an opportunity to develop analytical skills in linguistic description
• • broad-based and adaptable training in research methods and dissemination skills
At the conclusion of the module, students are expected to demonstrate:
A. knowledge and understanding of the mechanism of language learning and language teaching
B. an awareness of various ‘branch’ areas of applied linguistics including broader areas such as language skills, language teaching and learning, language use and context among many others.
C. knowledge and understanding of some emerging areas such as forensic stylistics and corpus linguistics
D. the ability to design, research and communicate analyses of L2 teaching and learning
E. the ability to articulate systematic knowledge and a critical awareness of sub disciplines within the areas of applied linguistics and SLA.
F. the skills to make sensible judgment according to available evidence for research purposes and communicate ideas and findings by applying a systematic scholarly diagram.
Method of teaching and learning
The teaching sessions are divided into two components (Lectures and Seminars/Tutorials).
• Lectures contribute the main bulk of the learning and teaching activities. Lecturers will take a variety of approaches. In some lectures, the lecturer will focus on presenting module materials, often giving arguments and examples and adjusting the pace of the delivery to suit students' understanding. In other lecturers, the lecturer will expect students to have studied some relevant materials assigned beforehand, and will conduct the teaching in an interactive way (e.g. by including individual or group presentations, group discussions, etc.).
• Seminars/tutorials are usually scheduled after the lectures. They provide typically more interactive learning and teaching modes, and may be divided into multiple sessions for modules with a large student number. Various individual and collaborative tasks can take place in the tutorials to further facilitate students’ learning and understanding of the module content.
In addition, the module offers students the opportunity to conduct a (mini) research project in the form of a presentation and essay.