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Last modified: 27 Feb 2018 15:03

Course Overview

This course is designed to cater for the needs of the students who are interested in exploring how individual differences affect second language learning and how to make language learning more effective.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Agni Connor

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • MSc Tesol (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.

Course Description

In order to facilitate the development of analytical skills necessary for identifying topics in Second Language Acquisition that merit further research, this course introduces in an intense five week experience of selected psychological factors believed to impact on the success of second language (L2) learning and encourages a critical evaluation of existing research in this area. The concepts introduced include, for example, cognitive and learning styles, language learning aptitude, language learning styles and strategies, metacognition and working memory. The definitions and measurement of these factors are discussed as well as their relationship with each other and with L2 achievement. Their practical relevance in the L2 classroom is also considered.

This course aims to give students:

1) a strong understanding of the impact of individual differences on Second Language Acquisition (SLA),

2) the ability to think, discuss and write about central issues in the field,

3) the ability to evaluate existing SLA research with a view to identifying topics in SLA that merit further research,

4) the opportunity to develop the skill in relating SLA finding to the second language (L2) classroom

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed


Contact Teaching Time

24 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


3,000-word essay.

Formative Assessment




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