Second Language Learning and Teaching

Subject LING20003 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
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:

Total of 170 hours.





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:


Dr Neomy Storch


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 topics covered in the subject.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete this subject will:

  • Attain in-depth knowledge of several theoretical models of second language acquisition, individual variables that may impact on successful acquisition, and approaches to second language instruction.
  • Engage with debates on research approaches to second language learning and teaching
  • Broaden and apply second language research skills utilizing a variety of primary sources, and develop awareness of intellectual integrity and research ethics.
  • Deepen their understanding of social and cultural diversity
  • Participate in individual and group-based problem-solving activities within and outside the classroom
  • Make wide use of learning and research technologies (LMS, Library)
  • Further hone writing abilities

  • 800 word assignment due mid semester [20%]
  • 1600 word assignment 1 due end of week 10 [40%]
  • 1600 word assignment 2 due during the examination period [40%]

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:
  • 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
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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