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Undergraduate Course: Second Language Acquisition (Honours) (LASC10030)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe aim of this course is to give an introduction to current research on second language acquisition (SLA) by reviewing key issues, concepts, findings and theories and provide the opportunity to critically evaluate models and theories of SLA by applying them to the analysis of second language data.
Course description This course introduces students to the principal findings, models, and research methods in the field of second language acquisition. The course surveys general issues such as the role of the native language, the effects on the second language on the first, universals, age, input and interaction and processing, as well as characteristics of the acquisition of phonology, lexicon, and syntax in second language learners. The empirical component of the course provides students with experience in designing and carrying out studies in second language acquisition.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: LEL2A: Linguistic Theory and the Structure of English (LASC08017)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have completed at least 3 Linguistics/Language Sciences courses at grade B or above . We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 27, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 169 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Two pieces of assessment worth 50% each.
Feedback Group discussions and student presentations as part of the tutorials
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the basic issues in second language acquisition (SLA) including: individual differences in SLA; age effects on SLA; the role of the native language in SLA; the initial state and end state of second language grammar; native language attrition and child second language learning.
  2. Analyse learner data using the concepts and models taught in the course
Reading List
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordssecond language learning,language,cognition
Course organiserProf Mitsuhiko Ota
Tel: (0131 6)50 3949
Course secretaryMr Liam Hedley
Tel: (0131 6)50 9870
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