Singapore University of Social Sciences

Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy (TSL507)

Applications Open: 01 April 2020

Applications Close: 31 May 2020

Next Available Intake: July 2020

Course Types: Modular Graduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Linguistics and Languages

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education + (ACE+), Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: To be confirmed


Synopsis

TSL 507 Second Language Acquisition examines critically theories that seek to explain the acquisition of a second language (SLA). These theories focus on different aspects of second language learning: learner’s language, difference and strategies; social factors; language transfer; cognitive factors; and classroom interaction. The implications of some of these theoretical insights on language teaching and syllabus design are then considered critically.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every 2 years
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.

Topics

  • Defining second language acquisition
  • Learner errors and error analysis
  • Order and sequence in SLA
  • Variability in learner language
  • The role of social factors in SLA
  • The role of input/interaction in SLA
  • The influence of language transfer on SLA
  • Cognitive accounts of SLA
  • Individual learner differences and learning strategies
  • Classroom interaction and SLA
  • SLA research and language teaching
  • SLA research and the structural syllabus

Learning Outcome

  • Compare different SLA theories
  • Discuss the role of language environment (input/interaction/feedback) in SLA
  • Examine second language learner data to better understand how language learning happens in interaction
  • Critique cognitive accounts of SLA
  • Assess the implications of SLA research on language pedagogy
  • Appraise social dimensions of L2 learning
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