Language Acquisition (9495.3)
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|Academic Program Area - Education||Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit|| Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will:
1. Be familiar with major issues in second language acquisition;
2. Have developed an understanding of the language acquisition process; and
3. Become aware of various factors underlying the process.
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
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
Prerequisites9498 Study of Language OR 9494 English Grammar.
Incompatible units7531 Language Acquisition.
Equivalent units7531 Language Acquisition.
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Lists of required texts/readings*
- Our textbook: Lightbown, P. M. and N. Spada. (2013). How languages are learned. (4th ed). Oxford: OUP. (Available in: bookshop/on 3-hour/3 day/7 day loan)
- Other required readings (marked with an * in the timetable of activities in section 3. above) will be made available on our Canvas site.
- 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.
Special assessment requirements
1. Students must complete and submit all assessment items to pass the unit.
2. All students are required to achieve 50% in the unit assessment in order to pass.
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.
Sample assignments reflecting the range of grades will be moderated. All assignments that receive a fail grade will be reassessed
by a colleague in the discipine.
In order to get the most out of your studies, it is strongly recommended that you plan your time commitments, actively engage in class discussions (online or face-to-face) and work with your peers as part of your study. The amount of time you will need to spend on study in this unit will depend on a number of factors including your prior knowledge, learning skill level and learning style. Nevertheless, in planning your time commitments you should note that for a 3 credit point unit the total notional workload over the semester or term is assumed to be 150 hours. The total workload for units of different credit point value should vary proportionally. For example, for a 6 credit point unit the total notional workload over a semester or term is assumed to be 300 hours.
Students are expected to devote ten hours a week for the completion of this unit and the remaining hours can be allocated to unit related tasks based on students' preference and need. The following breakdown is suggested: attending (or listening to) lectures and tutorials 3 hours; reading 3 hours; preparation for assessment 3 hours; Canvas participation 1 hour.
Your participation in both class 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
Microsoft Word, Email, Internet, use of Canvas, the library catalogue, and research databases
There are costs for our textbook How languages are learned (4th ed.) 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.
All assignments must be typed, spaced to at least 1.5 lines with sufficient margins for comments, and must use appropriate
referencing and bibliography conventions (APA 6th Edition). More details for all assessment items and submission details will be made available on the unit Canvas site.