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SEL3012 : Immigrant Second Language & Literacy Acquisition (Inactive)

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module focuses on the population primarily of adolescent and adult but also child second language learners who acquire a new language as the result of immigration. The module looks at how these differ from well-studied foreign language learners whose main source of input is the classroom. Here the social factors which affect learners' acquisition are considered.Issues covered include L1 influence and use of linguistic mechanisms across the lifespan regarding acquisition of morphosyntax/syntax, phonology and the lexicon, the development of literacy, particularly by those who immigrate without formal schooling and native language attrition as the result of bilingual language use.

Outline Of Syllabus


Immigration and second/addditional language acquisition

Social factors

Early major studies

Input and interaction outside the classroom

The linguistic competence of older immigrants: phonology

The linguistic competence of older immigrants: morphosyntax/syntax

The linguistic competence of older immigrants: the lexicon

Children, adolescents' and adults' development of literacy

Issues in third language acquisition

Child-adult differences in the acquisition of linguistic competence

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion132:0032:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading140:0040:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice110:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity144:0044:00inc. 10 hours directed groupwork
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study138:0038:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide extensive background, much of which students will require in writing their essays.
Seminars (workshops) impart skills required to work as a team and individually on an essay.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A1004,000 word essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will refine their skills in analysing data, and add to their set of skills collecting their own data. They will do so while working in a group, thus mirroring the way in which researchers work. They will then write individual essays based on their team's study. This builds on SEL2086, which requires students only to work with data, but not to have collected it, and does not require them to write up their studies in individual essays.

Reading Lists