ENG2153 - First and Second Language Acquisition


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Home examination 100/100 7 days

Course content

This course provides an introduction to First and Second language (L1 & L2) acquisition with a special focus on how theoretical knowledge of these phenomena can be employed in improving the methods for L2 instruction and for practical purposes in education and language teaching.

Learning outcome

Candidates who have passed this course can
- describe the main aspects of child language development with respect to phonology, vocabulary and grammar.
- explain methods used to investigate children's lingustic development.
- provide an account of the distinctive features and possible causes of atypical language acquisition.
- describe and evaluate different theoretical models for explaining the acquisition of language.
- provide an account of the debate over the extent to which human beings' innate language capacity can be seen as a self-contained module specific to the species.
- discuss the differences and similarities between first and second language acquisition.
- evaluate how theoretical knowledge about language acquisition can be used to improve foreign language teaching methods.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, seminars, online activities, and individual supervision. This course will make use of flexible teaching forms, and a high degree of student activity is required.

Approved obligatory assignment is valid for 2 semesters (the semester in which the approval is given, plus the following semester).

Compulsory assignments

  • Oral presentation, approx. 20 minutes

Further on evaluation

The course is assessed by a written home examination (7 days), approx. 2500 words/5-6 pages.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Curriculum/reading list will be announced at the beginning of the semester.


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100



Spring ORD Home examination 100/100
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.