LING362 Second Language Acquisition

Updated: 07 November 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites LING102 or (LING101 plus any 12cp of language study)
Co-requisites None
Restrictions LING462 or LING562 or LING207 or LING307
Notes None
Combined Units LING562 - Second Language Acquisition
Coordinator(s) Liz Ellis (
Unit Description

This unit provides an overview of approaches to the study of second language (L2) acquisition. It deals with key linguistic, psycholinguistic and sociocultural theories of how an L2 is acquired. Topics covered include: age-related effects, the role of the first language, the linguistic environment, cognition, learner language, individual differences (e.g. aptitude, motivation and affect) and social dimensions of L2 learning.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate coherent theoretical knowledge of the principles and issues involved in the study of second language acquisition (SLA);
  2. understand and apply the major linguistic and applied linguistic terms and concepts raised in the context of this unit in written form;
  3. critically analyse and evaluate the major issues and themes raised in the field of SLA;
  4. apply specific forms of linguistic analysis in the area of second language learning;
  5. demonstrate understanding of major SLA theories through identification and explanation of the major differences between theories and a critical assessment of their strengths and weaknesses; and
  6. work effectively with others in an online environment using software and other electronic means of communication.