Language Acquisition - 2017

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Unit summary

EDML500

  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP4
  • Assessment: Non-Invigilated Exam - Short answer responses (40%) , Report (60%)

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2017 Fees
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Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit examines how languages are acquired, whether for young children acquiring their first language(s) or older learners acquiring a second or subsequent language. It examines the various theories used to explain the processes of acquisition and explores the various empirical studies used to test these theories.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. examine and appraise the various language learning theories
  2. synthesise information from a variety of sources to interrogate empirical research from various theoretical perspectives.
  • Non-Invigilated Exam — Short answer responses (40%)
  • Report (60%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Additional materials
  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Email address, Admission to Degree

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Introduction to language acquisition theories - an overview
2First Language Acquisition
3Bilingualism
4Nativist theories
5Functional theories
6Sociocultural theories
7Input hypothesis and Interactionist theories (including input, output and noticing)
8Usage based theories (including connectionism)
9Processability theory
10Skill acquisition theories (practice, automaticity)
11Dynamic systems theory
12Instructed SLA

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • FAQs
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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