ES5008: First and Second Language Acquisition, Learning and Development

ES5008: First and Second Language Acquisition, Learning and Development

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title First and Second Language Acquisition, Learning and Development
Module Code ES5008
Module Tutor Richard Millican
School School of Education and Humanities
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 5
Brief Description

This module aims to raise awareness as to how mother tongue and any subsequent languages are acquired / learnt. It will look at issues relating to first and second language development and assessment and consider notions of literacy. It will examine the role of grammar and look at the spread of English as a global language as well as consider society and governmental attitudes towards foreign languages.

Indicative Syllabus

The module will cover the following topics:


Literacy and its links to culture, purpose and time; changing nature of language; role of grammar;

How we learn our first language;

Approaches to the teaching of literacy;

Approaches to teaching English as a Foreign Language;

Literacy and language in the UK;

Assessing language proficiency;

Language development and SEN. 

Learning Outcomes

   A student passing this module should be able to:


1. Describe and evaluate theories of language learning and development;

2. Describe literacy as a concept and demonstrate an understanding of its place within different cultures and contexts and of its different functions;

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the changing nature of language and the role of grammar in trying to describe it

4. Analyse approaches to the teaching and assessment of language;

5. Critically evaluate policy towards languages;

6. Research an area of interest and share findings to the rest of the group.

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 36
Independent Learning Hours: 114
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Portfolio: 1200 words
002: 50% Portfolio: 2000 words
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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