Subject details

  • Topics
    • What is Language Acquisition?
    • First and Second Language Acquisition: Similarities and Differences
    • Language Development
    • Variability in Language Learning
    • Interaction and Learning
    • Cognition and Learning
    • Social Aspects of Learning
    • Individual Differences
    • Explicit Instruction
    • Implicit Instruction
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • FAQs
      • Audio-Video streaming

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Assignment 1 - Report (60%)
  • Assignment 2 - Non-Invigilated Exam — Short answer responses (40%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Audio/Visual equipment
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    • Additional materials

This subject 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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