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LN5523: SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07


Course Overview

This course on the processes that are involved in the learning of second language vocabulary, morphosyntax, collocations, formulaic language, language functions and phonology. In addition to critical analysis of theory and research, students will have an opportunity to engage in designing EFL (English as a Foreign/Second Language) classroom activities that address areas of difficulty for English language learners from different linguistic backgrounds.

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
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Agni Connor

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

  • MSc Tesol
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course builds on the content covered in LN5023 Theories of Learning. It focuses on the processes that are involved in the learning of second language vocabulary, morphosyntax, collocations, formulaic language, language functions and phonology. In addition to critical analysis of theory and research, students will have an opportunity to engage in designing EFL (English as a Foreign/Second Language) classroom activities that address areas of difficulty for English language learners from different linguistic backgrounds. The role of errors in SLA (Second Language Acquisition) will also be reviewed, and students will have an opportunity to reflect on EFL classroom activities that encourage language learners to notice and correct their own errors.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • understand processes involved in the learning of vocabulary, morphosyntax, collocations, formulaic language, language functions and phonology in L2 (second language)
  • critically analyse research on the acquisition of L2 vocabulary, morphosyntax, collocations, formulaic language, language functions and phonology,
  • evaluate the role of errors in the process of SLA (Second Language Acquisition) from a range of theoretical perspectives,
  • reflect on EFL classroom activities that encourage language learners to correct their own errors,
  • design EFL classroom activities that address specific areas of difficulty that learners from different linguistic backgrounds might experience,
  • use English language corpus data as a source material for EFL classroom activities.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers


Summative Assessments

 

3,000-word essay.

Resit: 3,000-word essay (100%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Feedback

 

Summative feedback will be given through comments in relation to the essay.

Formative feedback will be provided through regular face-to-face and online discussion between instructor and student throughout the course.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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