Faculty of Arts

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit



Dr Robyn Spence-Brown (Day and DE)



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Online)


The course will address key concepts, theoretical models, accepted approaches and contested frameworks and theories in the rapidly changing field of second language acquisition. Topics covered include models and theories of second language acquisition, first and second language acquisition, error analysis and interlanguage, interlanguage pragmatics, input and interaction, learner strategies, learning styles, cognitive processes, second language identity, learners' rights and methods in SLA research.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. summarize key theoretical debates in relation to second language acquisition, and evaluate relevant empirical evidence;
  2. compare the work of competing theorists, and recognise their role in the development of SLA theory;
  3. reflect on their own language learning experience and classroom practice in the light of theoretical and empirical studies;
  4. evaluate major methodological approaches to the study of second language acquisition;
  5. conduct a major research project on an area of second language acquisition.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Applied linguistics
Teaching world Englishes for international communication


Two of the following units APG4698, APG4346, APG4020, APG4735, APG5046, APG5042, APG5047, APG5043.