SLA and Language Teaching
Second Language Acquisition and Language Teaching 2023-24
School Of Arts, Culture And Language
Module - Semester 1
The topics covered in this module would be the following:
1. Background to SLA Research.
2. Individual differences in L2 users and L2 learners.
3. L1 transfer: Code-switching and Second Language Learning.
4. Theories of L2 acquisition.
5. The role of age in L2 acquisition.
6. The goals of language teaching and assessment.
7. The L2 user and the native speaker.
8. Embedding SLA research into Language teaching.
-threshold -C (50%): The student can demonstrate a minimum level of understanding appropriate for postgraduate study of the area they have chosen to research and must involve critical analysis of existing research into Second Language Acquisition. The answer must show evidence of background study of primary sources and literature, going beyond material discussed in lectures. The answer must be relevant to the research topic chosen. Students will also display the minimum acceptable standard of understanding and/or knowledge of all LOs. -good -B: The student can demonstrate a clear and accurate understanding appropriate for postgraduate study of the area they have chosen to research; and display evidence of having consulted many relevant readings, making clear and accurate reference to those source materials, free from misunderstanding and errors of content, and is free from irrelevant material. Students will also display a better than average standard of understanding and/or knowledge of all LOs. -excellent -A: The student has revealed a thorough understanding of the area appropriate for postgraduate study that they have chosen to research, both in terms of content and theory; is able to apply complex concepts clearly and accurately; display evidence of detailed critical thought; clear, and logical extended argument; and display communicative competence, free from irrelevant material and errors of spelling and punctuation. Students will have achieved a thorough/excellent understanding and/or knowledge in all LOs.
- Students will be able to demonstrate detailed knowledge of and critically evaluate how the English language is acquired as a second language by child and adult learners.
- Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of how Second Language Acquisition research and theories can be used to inform the teaching of English as a foreign language and evaluate its effectiveness for learning.
- Students will be able to describe in detail and critically compare multiple theories in the study of second language acquisition.
- Students will be able to engage in detailed critical evaluation of various methodologies used in the field of second language acquisition.
- Students will be able to identify and engage in detailed critical evaluation of various methodologies used in the field of second language acquisition.
Report (2000 words)
Analytical Essay (4000 words)