Second Language Acquisition


This course provides an advanced study of current theories of second language acquisition and research that have examined both instructed and naturalistic acquisition. It includes an independent study of a range of theoretical approaches to the phenomena observed in second language acquisition. Issues in second language acquisition are examined through critical essays, drawing on contemporary research on how languages are learned.   

Assessment:  Three critical essays. Coursework only


For full course information see the Digital Course Outline for LANGTCHG  762.

Digital Course Outlines are refreshed in November for the following year. Digital Course Outlines for courses to be offered for the first time may be published slightly later.

Availability 2022

Semester 2


Lecturer(s)  Norbert Vanek

Recommended Reading

Mitchell, R., Myles, F., & Marsden, E. (2013). Second language learning theories. London/New York: Routledge.

VanPatten, B., & Williams, J. (eds.) (2014). Theories in second language acquisition.  New York: Routledge.


LANGTCHG 762: 15 points