ENG364 Second Language Acquisition
Course Aims This course enables students to gain a comprehensive understanding of how languages are learned, and what major internal and external factors can influence the language learning process. The course introduces important theories and research findings concerning factors affecting both first and second language acquisition. The early developments of second language acquisition (SLA) as a discipline are traced, followed by an examination of individual learner differences that can affect SLA, such as age, intelligence, creativity, language aptitude, mindset, motivation, learning strategies, learner beliefs and social context. Students are expected to reflect upon their own learning experience of English vis-à-vis the theories learned from this course.