ELL357 : Second Language Acquisition

Convener(s): To Be Provided


General Information

This module will introduce students to major theoretical notions and assumptions in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) a theory that investigates how language speakers acquire a second language both in adulthood and childhood. The module focuses on the SLA theories that are believed to be constrained by Universal Grammar. It provides a historical overview how SLA theories have evolved and examines influential concepts to explore how different arguments have been developed and how they have been investigated empirically. At the same time, the module offers students with hands-on training in analyzing second language learner data, using their knowledge of syntax and to design a SLA project.


Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study


Formal Exam, Group Presentation including handouts/slides for presentation

Contact Details



Information last changed: Thursday 07th of April 2016 :: 01:16:45 PM (BST)

Please note: This module may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course convener.


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK