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Course Information

Advanced Applied Linguistics

Module summary

Module code: LING1004
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Literature, Lang. and Theatre
Module Coordinator(s): Sarah Liszka

Specification

Aims

• To examine and critically evaluate the key issues in second language acquisition theory and how this impacts upon teaching practice;

• To examine and critically evaluate the most relevant theoretical accounts in second language acquisition theory and research which have been offered as an explanation of how languages are learned;

• To analyse research studies and methodologies linked to the theoretical positions studied;

• To reflect on research and theories in applied linguistics and explore possible theoretical implications for the field.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1 Understand and critically analyse key issues in second language acquisition theory and their relevance to practice;

2 Evaluate the main concepts of theories in instructed second language acquisition theory and empirical research;

3 Examine links between empirical research and theories in applied linguistics;

4 Show awareness of key studies in applied linguistics research and demonstrate an advanced understanding of different methodological approaches;

5 Identify and present key implications for research and theories for the field of applied linguistics.



Indicative content

Historical overview of theories in Second Language Acquisition; Contemporary theories of Second Language Acquisition; Analysis of empirical evidence and research findings in Second Language Acquisition; Principles of research methods in applied linguistics; Presentation of research plans;
Linguistic theory (e.g. with respect to language pathologies and speech therapy)

Teaching and learning activity

Learning will require 1 hour lecture and 1 hour seminar per week.


Assessment

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Presentation.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment:Summative 1-5
Weighting % 25%
Pass Mark 40%
Word Length n/a
Outline Details: Presentation on a key issue in Applied Linguistics.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment:Essay.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment:1,2,3,4
Weighting % 25%
Pass Mark 40%
Word Length 2500 words
Outline Details: Write an essay on a topic analysing the relationship between theory and practice.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Exam.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment:1,2,3,4
Weighting % 50%
Pass Mark 40%
Word Length n/a
Outline Details: 2-hour exam.