Language Acquisition PG (11387.1)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| On-Campus
| Bruce, Canberra
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Education|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Academic Program Area - Education||Post Graduate Level|| Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesAfter successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Explain (second) language acquisition processes;
2. Recognise various factors underlying language acquisition processes; and
3. Apply their knowledge to better understand their learners in a creative, research-driven way.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
CorequisitesStudents must be enrolled in or have already passed 11388 English Grammar PG OR 11384 Study of Language G.
Equivalent units7656 Language Acquisition G
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 2||31 July 2023||On-Campus||Ms Anna Maldoni|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 2||31 July 2023||Online||Ms Anna Maldoni|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 2||29 July 2024||On-Campus||Dr Vinh Nguyen|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 2||29 July 2024||Online||Ms Anna Maldoni|
Lists of required texts/readings
- Our textbook: Lightbown, P. M., & Spada, N. (2021). How languages are learned. (5th ed). Oxford University Press.
Additional resources will be made available on the unit Canvas site.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Approval of extenuating circumstances will be dependent upon the production of supporting documentation and at the discretion of the unit convener.
All assessment items required to be submitted online must be submitted via the appropriate Canvas drop box. It is the student's responsibility to upload the correct and corresponding draft or assessment item to the right submission section. Assignments must be submitted in a format accessible to the assessor(s), as stated on the relevant canvas site. If the unit convener and/or tutor are unable to access a submission, a standard late penalty of 5% of the total marks possible for the task may be applied per day until the assignment is made accessible.
Special assessment requirements
Normally an aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the unit.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Moderation AND Provision of valid documentation
Moderation is used in the TESOL courses to maintain agreed standards in the assessment of student work through a valid, consistent and transparent process, in line with the UC Assessment policy. Sample assignments at different grade levels will be moderated for each assessment item in each unit. All assignments that receive a FAIL will be moderated. In addition, when the work of a student is awarded a mark or grade that leads to a FAIL grade in the unit or a borderline grade, the assignment will be moderated by another academic in the field before the final grades are released to students.
Provision of valid documentation
Please note that the University takes student conduct very seriously. All documentation provided to University staff must be valid and the provision of fraudulent documentation carries with it potentially serious consequences, including suspension and/or exclusion from the University. Note that all allegations of student misconduct will be referred to the Associate Dean for Education (ADE) as a prescribed authority for investigation.
Students are expected to devote ten hours a week for the completion of the unit and the remaining hours can be allocated to unit related tasks based on students' preference and need. Students are expected to actively engage in all synchronous and asynchronous sessions and activities in the unit, complete the required readings and tasks, and work in groups.
The following breakdown is suggested:
Reading relevant sources: 40 hours
Preparation for assessment: 40 hours
Online engagement in asynchronous activities on Canvas: 46 hours
Tutorial participation: 24 hours
Your participation and engagement in both synchronous and asynchronous sessions and online activities will enhance your understanding of the unit content and therefore the quality of your assessment responses. Lack of participation may result in your inability to satisfactorily pass assessment items.
Required IT skills
Students are expected to have word processing and IT skills to allow them to fully engage in the unit through Canvas and to complete their assessment. This includes basic word processing skills, engagement in Canvas activities, posting messages, uploading video and audio files, uploading assignments, and using the library catalogue and library databases. Students should ensure they have access to a computer and a safe workspace to complete the online activities.
There are costs for our textbook How languages are learned should you wish to purchase a copy. The book is also available for loan in the UC library.
Work placement, internships or practicums
Not applicable to this unit.
1. Formatting requirements
- Please respect the word limit as indicated in the unit outline/Canvas site.
- Written assignments are to be typed: 1.5 or double-spaced, size 12 Times New Roman, margin: default.
- Use page numbering.
- Check your work carefully for spelling and grammatical errors.
- Appendixes should be added at the end of your assignment and should be numbered.
- References should be organised based on the APA style (7th ed.).
- References should include only works which have been cited in the main text or appendices.
2. Research-led education: This unit involves research-led education. There are active researchers delivering this unit who are able to engage students in deep and active learning and transmit to students their passion for the research they are carrying out.
3. Provision of information to the group: Notifications through the Canvas Announcements Forum or the Canvas Discussion Forums are deemed to be made to the whole class. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they check for announcements on the Unit's Canvas website (forum messages are also emailed to student email addresses only). Students should ensure they check their student email regularly. The Canvas discussion forums will be checked by staff regularly.
4. Use of student email account: The University Email policy states that "students wishing to contact the University via email regarding administrative or academic matters need to send the email from the University account for identity verification purposes". Therefore all unit enquiries should be emailed using a student university email account. Students should contact email@example.com if they have any issues accessing their university email account.
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