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SEL8701 : Foundations in Second Language Acquisition

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sujeewa Hettiarachchi
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module provides a foundation in second language acquisition. It introduces students to the nature of second language (L2) competence, to the internal and external influences involved in its acquisition, and to how second language acquisition research is conducted.

Outline Of Syllabus

An overview of the main issues, hypotheses, models and theories in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) and the research which revolves around them.

Research and issues in SLA
L2 functional morphology
L2 morphosyntax and syntax L1 transfer and universals
Age in L2 morphosyntax/syntax
Input for acquisition of morphosyntax/syntax
Age in L2 phonology
L2 phonology: L1 transfer and universals
Input for acquisition of phonology
Individual psychological differences (aptitude; personality, etc.)
Social context in second language acquisition

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion471:0047:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading601:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study601:0060:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SEL2237Introduction to Second Language Acquisition
Teaching Rationale And Relationship


Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises2M502000-word data analysis & interpretation exercise
Essay2A502000-word essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The PROBLEM-SOLVING EXERCISE tests students’ skills in data analysis and interpretation that they will have acquired and practised during seminars.

The ESSAY tests students’ critical and writing skills. Students use the acquired critical skills to explore a topic in Second Language Acquisition and write up their argumentation as a critical essay.

Reading Lists