Second Language Acquisition - LL834

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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7 15 (7.5) DR G Chamorro







This module will review and critique past and current theories of Second Language Acquisition from a range of theoretical perspectives: linguistic, cognitive, psychological and social. It will also examine the wide range of factors which affect the second language learner and how these might be mitigated. It will then continue by indicating the implications for teaching and learning and how far these have an impact on approaches, methods, strategies and techniques in the classroom.


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Contact hours

Total contact hours: 20


This module is compulsory for students studying on the MA in Applied Linguistics with TESOL.

Method of assessment

Journal article review (1000 words) - 30%;
Group presentation (20 minutes) - 20%;
Research essay (2000 words) - 50%

Indicative reading

Cook, V. (2008) Second Language Learning and Language Teaching, London, Routledge;
Gass, S.M. and Mackey, A. (2012) The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition, London, Routledge;
Lightbown, P.M. and Spada, N. (2013) How Languages are Learned, Oxford, Oxford University Press;
Mitchell, R., Myles, F. and Marsden, E. (2013) Second Language Learning Theories, London, Routledge;
Ortega, L. (2009) Understanding Second Language Acquisition, London, Hodder;
Saville-Troike, M. (2012) Introducing Second Language Acquisition, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate comprehensive understanding of the theories of second language acquisition;
Students will be able to review the history and most recent development of the theories of second language acquisition;
Students will be able to indicate the similarities and differences between theories of second language acquisition;
Students will be able to evaluate current research into Second Language Acquisition Theory and how it informs language teaching;
Students will be able to assess the impact of Second Language Acquisition theory on classrooms, teachers and Learners;
Students will be able to show how a range of factors affect the efficacy of language instruction and learning

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