Delve into the theories of how language is acquired. Study first language acquisition and bilingualism, then examine a range of theories including nativist, functional, sociocultural, input hypothesis, usage based and dynamic systems
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- examine and appraise the various language learning theories
- synthesise information from a variety of sources to interrogate empirical research from various theoretical perspectives.
- 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
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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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