Applied Linguistics

Module summary

Module code: LING1009
Level: 5
Credits: 30
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Humanities and Social Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Cecile Laval / Sarah Liszka



• To contribute an integrative and holistic view of language by examining its process of acquisition.
• To develop a deeper understanding of second language acquisition theories and their relation to classroom learning.
• To increase raise students' awareness to key issues in Applied Linguistics.
• To explore the interface between second language acquisition theory and second language teaching and pedagogy.
• To develop a deeper understanding of some of the research methodologies used in the field.
• To develop the ability to think critically about research findings in Second Language Acquisition and Applied Linguistics and assess different hypotheses and theories.

Learning outcomes

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

Learning Outcome
1 Have a holistic view about how the language system works.
2 Understand the key concepts and issues in Second Language Acquisition.
3 Embrace an integrative perspective which acknowledges the interplay of various factors in Applied Linguistics.
4 Examine and discuss issues related to second language theories, second language learning and second language teaching (pedagogy).
5 Critically discuss various research approaches used in the field.

Indicative content

Overview of the main theories in Second Language Acquisition: from behaviourism to psycholinguistic approaches. Essential Areas in Applied Linguistics: Second Language Acquisition, Psycholinguistics, Focus on the Learner Language Skills. Overview of key applied linguistics concepts and cognitive and social processes that underlie second language learning and use. Interface between second language acquisition theory and second language teaching practice and pedagogy: from the Atlas Complex to Communicative Language Teaching. Special emphasis on applications of Second Language Acquisition theories and Applied Linguistics concepts to problems of second language acquisition and to language in social contexts. Description of research methodology in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. Current research findings in the field of Applied Linguistics with a special emphasis on Second Language Acquisition from the perspective of both language teacher/instructor and the L2 learner.