Subject details

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.
    • 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
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • FAQs
      • Audio-Video streaming

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

  • CUR-MED-MAS-2019
  • OUA-PSU-GCE-2019
  • UNE-PRO-GCE-2019

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Audio/Visual equipment
  • OtherDetails -
    • 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.

Please Note: If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

  • Report (50%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam — Short answer responses (50%)

Textbook information is pending.

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