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Module Code: ENG407
Module Title: Second Language Acquisition
Module Level: Level 4
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: English
Pre-requisites: N/A
   
Aims
The main aims of the module are to enable students to have:

• an understanding of the nature of language and the nature of nonnative speaker knowledge

• an understanding of a number of key concepts in first and second language acquisition

• critical knowledge of first language acquisition and the role of the native language.

• critical understanding of inter-language processing

• an understanding of the nature of the input to second language learners and the interrelationship of second language use and language learning

• critical understanding of some of the main research, theory and practice in second language acquisition

• an awareness of the causes of a number of phenomena inherent in the language classroom

• an understanding of practical strategies inspired by the study of the psychological research on instructed second language learning and teaching

• an awareness of the new trends and themes in the research on the psychology of second language teaching and learning.
Learning outcomes 
Upon the completion of the module, the students should be able to:

• have an understanding the interrelationship between first and second language acquisition

• develop their critical understanding of the nature of the input to second language learners and the interrelationship of second language use and language learning

• develop their knowledge and understanding of the interrelationship between psychological processes and language acquisition within a classroom context

• identify and analyze theoretical frameworks in order to understand second language classes.

• devise, research and communicate an analysis of an individual topic within the field

• articulate knowledge of psychological and cognitive concepts relating to the acquisition of English in institutional contexts

• carry out individual, data-based research and process the data by applying individual analyses and interpretations within a systematic scholarly framework

• work independently and with some degree of originality

• have the competence to make judgments according to the available empirical evidence.

Method of teaching and learning 
The teaching sessions are divided into two components: lectures and tutorials/workshops.
Syllabus 
Topics will typically include:

• Introduction: key definitions, the nature of language and the nature of nonnative speaker knowledge

• First language acquisition

• Language transfer

• Developmental stages of language learning

• Input, interaction, and output in second language learning

• Instructed second language learning

• Individual differences: Personality, temperament, and Mood in SLA

• Motivation and Demotivation in Second Language Learning

• Language learning strategies and student self-regulation

• Learning style and anxiety

• Learner strategies

• Identity and more social concepts

• Group dynamics in the L2 classroom

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26  13        111  150 

Assessment

Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Test1 15.00
2 Test2 15.00
3 Term Paper 70.00

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