The aim of this course is to give students a thorough overview of second language acquisition research. Students will become familiar with contemporary theory, methodology and empirical research in the field of second language acquisition.
This course provides a general introduction to theories and approaches in second language acquisition (SLA). Questions we will ask include “how languages are learned”, “what influences language learning outcomes”, and ”what are the contexts of second language acquisition”. In answering these questions, students will consider various theories such as the cognitive-interactionist, sociocultural, and frequency-based perspectives of SLA. In the course we discuss the role of learner-internal differences such as age, first language, motivation and language learning aptitude. Students will also learn about how processes of language learning interact with the environment in which learning takes place. For each of the themes of the module, the applications of SLA theory and research to aspects of second language teaching are also explored.