Singapore University of Social Sciences

Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy

Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy (TSL507)

Applications Open: 01 May 2024

Applications Close: 15 June 2024

Next Available Intake: July 2024

Course Types: Modular Graduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $2200 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Linguistics and Languages

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


TSL 507 Second Language Acquisition examines critically theories that seek to explain the acquisition of a second language (SLA). These theories focus on different aspects of second language learning: learner’s language, difference and strategies; social factors; language transfer; cognitive factors; and classroom interaction. The implications of some of these theoretical insights on language teaching and syllabus design are then considered critically.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July


  • Defining second language acquisition
  • Learner errors and error analysis
  • Order and sequence in SLA
  • Variability in learner language
  • The role of social factors in SLA
  • The role of input/interaction in SLA
  • The influence of language transfer on SLA
  • Cognitive accounts of SLA
  • Individual learner differences and learning strategies
  • Classroom interaction and SLA
  • SLA research and language teaching
  • SLA research and the structural syllabus

Learning Outcome

  • Compare different SLA theories
  • Discuss the role of language environment (input/interaction/feedback) in SLA
  • Examine second language learner data to better understand how language learning happens in interaction
  • Critique cognitive accounts of SLA
  • Assess the implications of SLA research on language pedagogy
  • Appraise social dimensions of L2 learning
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