Graduate Study - Faculty of Education and Humanities
3+2 English Language and Literature

Code Name Level Year Semester
ELT 531 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition Studies Graduate 1 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Area Elective 6 2 + 2 108

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Vildana Dubravac, Assist. Prof. Dr. Vildana Dubravac, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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This course is a general introduction to scientific research into how people learn a second language. Although the course is designed to be accessible to students from a wide variety of backgrounds, some knowledge of the linguistic structure of English will be assumed. Second language acquisition, or SLA, is a theoretical and experimental field of study which, like first language acquisition studies, looks at the phenomenon of language development -- in this case the acquisition of a second language. The t

These are very specific “objectives” for the course and are, in effect, substantive matters of the course. These are:
• To give an overview of how language operates in society, with special reference to multilingual/multicultural societies.
• To integrate the inventory of language issues into the larger framework of society and culture.
• To become aware of some of the social and political implications of cross-cultural education (TESOL) and cross-cultural language research projects.

  1. Introduction to the course
  2. First language vs. second language acquisition; Foundations of SLA; Second language learning
  3. An overview of different methods in second language acquisition
  4. Individual learner differences (Introduction); age
  5. Cross linguistic differences
  6. The linguistic environment
  7. Cognition
  8. Development of learner language
  9. Mid-term exam
  10. Foreign Language Aptitude
  11. Motivation
  12. Affect and other individual differences
  13. Social dimension of L2 learning
  14. Classroom L2 acquisition
  15. Course review


    • Lectures
    • Practical Sessions
    • Presentation
    • Self Evaluation
    • Assignments
    • Demonstration
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)130
    Final Exam150
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • it will enable you to conduct independent scientific investigation of a broad spectrum of issues linked to linguistics and L2 acquisition.
    • it will enable you to assess existing research in an independent manner.
    • it will develop your ability to discuss a defined methodological issue in a systematic manner. The expected learning outcomes of the last part of the course are available.
    • • Ortega, L. (2009). Understanding Second language Acquisition. UK: Hodder Education

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)14342
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)14114
    Midterm Examination (1 week)155
    Final Examination(1 week)11010
    Preparation for Midterm Examination177
    Preparation for Final Examination21020
    Assignment / Homework/ Project11010
    Seminar / Presentation 0
    Total Workload: 108
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 4