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 -D: The student can demonstrate a minimum level of understanding of the area studied and must involve some critical analysis of existing research into Second Language Acquisition. The answer must show evidence of some background study of primary sources and literature going beyond material discussed in lectures. The answer must be relevant to the topic.
-good -B: The student can demonstrate a clear and accurate understanding of the area studied; and display evidence of having consulted 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 studied, both in terms of content and theory; is able to apply concepts clearly and accurately; display evidence of critical thought; clear, logical 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 critically appraise key methodologies used in the field of second language acquisition.
- Students will be able to demonstrate awareness of and appraise how various languages are acquired as a second language by child and adult learners.
- Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the implications of these theories for effective learning and teaching of English as a foreign language.
- Students will be able to describe and compare key theories in the study of second language acquisition.
- Students will be able to identify and evaluate key theories relating to second language acquisition research.
Essay (1500 words)