ETL711 - Learning An Additional Language


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including weekly engagement with materials and responses in discussion forums


This unit explores the processes involved in learning a language, and how these are researched using notions such as error analysis, contrastive analysis and learner language. It considers how the acquired language is studied, and the relationship between first and additional language acquisition. Among the factors discussed are learner variability, silent period and language production, and cognitive effects of second language acquisition.

Other topics covered include the features of the sociocultural context of language learning that influence acquisition and the experience of language immersion.

The unit explores also features of the second language classroom that impact the acquisition, including feedback and noticing, teacher-role and learning strategies.

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