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ECL774 - Learning An Additional Language

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:Z Golebiowski




Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

3 hours seminar per week for campus based students.

Note: Study school program at Burwood (melbourne) campus for Cloud (online) enrolled students subject to demand. Campus based version subject to demand.


Topics to be addressed in this unit include:

  • error analysis, contrastive analysis and learner language: how the acquired language is studied
  • relationship between first and additional language acquisition
  • foreign language learning cf. Second language acquisition
  • learner variability: Features of the learner (cognitive structure, attitude, age, motivation/engagement, goals, aptitude) which may influence acquisition
  • silent period and language production
  • cognitive effects of second language acquisition
  • features of the sociocultural context of language learning that may influence acquisition
  • the experience of language immersion
  • features of the second language classroom that may influence acquisition, including feedback, noticing, teacher role, learning strategies


Assignment 1 Learning log, submitted in two stages: Topics 1-3 30% (1,700 words) Topics 4-5 30% (1,800 words)

Assignment 2 Analysis of classroom lesson from language acquisition perspective 40% (2,500 words)

Prescribed texts

Block, D., (2003) The Social Turn in Second Language Acquisition. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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