Second Language Acquisition

Subject LING90012 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 contact hours/week
Total Time Commitment: 2 contact hours/week, an additional 7 hours/week. Total of 9 hours per week.
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.

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Dr Carsten Roever


Subject Overview:

This subject offers a survey of the principal topics currently addressed in the study of second language acquisition, and of the major research methods and paradigms used in such studies. Students should expect to be able to understand critical observation. description and analysis of second language learners and their language performance. the social and psychological aspects of second language learning situations. and the special characteristics of learner language.

  • have a broad understanding of the scope and core concepts in second language acquisition (SLA).
  • be aware of the major research methods and paradigms that inform research in SLA.
  • be able to critically appraise studies of second language learning.
  • be able to understand the social and psychological aspects of SLA, learner performance data, and special characteristics of learner language.
Assessment: Four homework assignments of 500 words each (40%) and a 3000 word assignment (60%).
Prescribed Texts:

Ortega, L. (2009). Understanding second language acquisition. London: Hodder Arnold.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to think critically.
  • be able to determine the strength of an argument.
  • be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically.
Notes: Subject offered as both online and on-campus. Some restrictions on student visa holders apply. Please contact the subject coordinator for more information.
Related Course(s): M.A.Applied Linguistics (Advanced Seminars and Shorter Thesis)
Master of Applied Linguistics (English Language)
Master of Applied Linguistics (Language Test&Language Program Evaluation
Master of Applied Linguistics (Technology in Language Learning)
Master of Applied Linguistics(TESOL)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Language Testing and Language Program Evaluation
Linguistics && Applied Linguistics
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

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