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ENGL2115 - Theories of Language Acquisition
Instructor(s)
Semester
2020-2021 First Semester
Credits
6.00
Contact Hours per week
3
Form of Assessment
100% coursework
Time
Thursday , 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm , CPD-2.37
Prerequisite
Passed 3 introductory courses (with at least one from both List A and List B).
*NOT have previously taken or to be taken with: EDUC2203 First and second language acquisition, or LING2036 Child language

This course offers an introduction to the central themes in language acquisition, covering first, second and foreign language acquisition. Students are expected to gain from the course a broad understanding of how children acquire their first language, how second language learners learn a new language, and the potential differences in processing and outcome.

 

Topics

Topics may include:

  1. First language (L1) acquisition; Stages of language development
  2. Nature vs. Nurture
  3. Second language (L2) acquisition; The role of L1 in L2/foreign language learning
  4. Memory systems and language acquisition
  5. Bilingualism and Multilingualism
  6. Language representation and organization
  7. Word learning and processing
  8. Biological and contextual factors in language acquisition

 

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students should have an awareness of some key theoretical issues in the field of language acquisition. Students should be able to evaluate the different approaches to the study of language acquisition and demonstrate the ability to understand and analyze language data.

 

Organisation

This course comprises of lectures and tutorials.

 

Assessment

Attendance and participation (e.g. group discussions, presentations)      25%

Tests                                                                                                                       25%

Essay                                                                                                                      50%

 

Texts

Suggested readings will be provided throughout the course.


Instructor(s)
Semester
2020-2021 First Semester
Credits
6.00
Contact Hours per week
3
Form of Assessment
100% coursework
Time
Thursday , 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm , CPD-2.37
Prerequisite
Passed 3 introductory courses (with at least one from both List A and List B).
*NOT have previously taken or to be taken with: EDUC2203 First and second language acquisition, or LING2036 Child language