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Module Code: LAN302
Module Title: Introduction to Second Language Acquisition
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: English Language
Pre-requisites: N/A
This is a compulsory module for the students in the Teaching Chinese pathway and an optional module for those in Contemporary China Studies pathway.

The module will introduce students to a number of various issues relevant to the acquisition of a second language by child and adult learners in foreign or second language contexts. We will overview issues such as the role L1 transfer, age in L2 acquisition (child L2 vs. adult L2) and the impact of individual differences. We will cover these issues by discussing current theories of L2 acquisition and learning.

The module aims:

• To introduce students to the linguistic and cognitive processes involved in acquiring a second language;

• To enhance students’ understanding of how language is acquired

• To enhance students’ appreciation of the various theoretical models proposed concerning second language acquisition and consider their use;

• To gain a critical understanding of some of the main research, theory and practice in Second Language Acquisition

Learning outcomes 
A Demonstrate awareness of and appraise how various languages are acquired as a second language by child and adult learners.

B Identify and evaluate key theories relating to second language acquisition research

C Demonstrate understanding of the implications of these theories for effective learning and teaching of Chinese as a foreign language.

D Be able to critically analyse the interrelationship between first and second language acquisition

E Critically evaluate key methodologies used in the field of second language acquisition.

Method of teaching and learning 
The teaching will use a combination of lectures followed by tutorials, where ideas from the lectures can be further developed. It is intended that the lectures and tutorials are linked together by themes.

1. Background to SLA theory and research

2. Individual differences in L2 learners

3. First language acquisition

4. Theories of L2 acquisition

5. The role of age in L2 acquisition

6. Learner strategies

7. Learner language in formal and informal settings

8. Classroom interaction

9. Identity and the language learner

10. Embedding SLA research into language teaching

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


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Article Review 40.00
3 Learner Case Study 60.00

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