Second Language Learning and Teaching

Subject LING20003 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 x 1 hour lectures and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week. There will be no tutorial in the first and last week of semester.
Total Time Commitment:

3 contact hours /week, 5.5 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.





Recommended Background Knowledge:

Experience of learning a second language.

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request 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 of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:

Subject Overview:

This subject considers how a second language is acquired, what factors explain why only some learners are successful in learning a second language, and how to best teach a second language. We begin by looking at a range of theories which present different perspectives on the process of second language acquisition. We then consider individual factors that may affect success in second language acquisition. These factors include age, aptitude, motivation and learning strategies. We examine approaches to second language instruction, focusing on the four macro skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students are encouraged to reflect upon their own language learning experiences and explain these experiences by reference to the theories covered in the subject.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate familiarity with several theoretical models of second language acquisition, individual variables that may impact on successful acquisition, and approaches to second language instruction.
  • Be able to analyse and explain, by reference to theories, errors in learner language.
  • Be able to analyse and explain, by reference to theories of second language learning and learner variables, success (or lack of success) of learning a second language.
  • Be able to critically evaluate second language teaching materials.

Written work totalling 4000 words comprising an 800-word assignment 20% (due in week 6), a 1600-word assignment 40% (due in week 10), and a 1600-word assignment 40% (due at the end of the semester).

This subject has the following hurdle requirements:

  • Regular participation in tutorials is required with a minimum of 70% attendance.
  • All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available for purchase from the University Bookshop.

  • How languages are learned. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Lightbown, P and Spada, N. (2013)
Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • increase their skills in defining areas of inquiry and methods of research.
  • become open to new ideas and possibilities.
  • develop their attention to detail.

Formerly available as 175-201/301. Students who have completed 175-201 or 175-301 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: English Language - 200 Point Program
English Language Studies
English Language Studies Major
Language Testing - 200 Point Program
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
TESOL - 200 Point Program
Technology in Language Learning - 200 Point Program
Related Breadth Track(s): Linguistics: English Language Studies

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