Second Language Acquisition and Research (003X5)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

You compare theoretical perspectives on what is involved in language acquisition, explore some of the controversies that exist in the field and implications for second language teaching and learning.

Theories of language learning and bilingualism are analysed and aspects of research methodology explored. Contemporary perspectives on SLA in relation to English as a global language in a multilingual world are reviewed.

You also reflect on your own learning processes and beliefs in connection to the theoretical frameworks for SLA.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 44 hours of contact time and about 256 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.