Level of study Third/Final year
Credit value 20
Semester Taught across both
Other pre-requisites You must have completed at least two years of appropriate study in this discipline.
The purpose of the course is to lead students to an understanding of the way in which linguistic theory is applied to the field of language teaching, especially foreign and second-language teaching. Although the course does not provide a recognised qualification in TEFL/TESL, it provides a thorough introduction to the theory underlying the subject and gives students an opportunity to relate their theoretical knowledge to pedagogic practice by including an element of fieldwork and data analysis. Topics include: differences between first and second-language learning; variation in language learning ability, eg social and cultural, as well as individual factors such as personality and intelligence; interlanguage; the meaning of errors; differences between languages and communicative competence.