LING562 Second Language Acquisition

Updated: 15 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites LING450 or LING550 or LING553; or candidature in the Master of Education
Restrictions LING207 or LING307 or LING362 or LING462
Notes None
Combined Units LING362 - 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;
  2. demonstrate coherent theoretical knowledge of the major linguistic and applied linguistic terms and concepts raised in the context of this unit;
  3. critically evaluate the major issues and themes raised in the unit, and apply this knowledge at a graduate level;
  4. apply forms of linguistic analysis and research in the area of second language learning and selected areas of applied linguistics;
  5. identify and explain differences between major SLA theories presented in this unit, and assess critically the strengths and weaknesses of these; and
  6. model the use of online software and online collaborative work that contributes to life-long application in a career.