ENG2153 - First and Second Language Acquisition


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home exam 100/100 3 days

Course content

Course content

The 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

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 linguistic 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


Candidates who have passed this course can

  • discuss 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

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.

Students should expect that this 7.5 credit course equates with approximately 10 hours of work per week, including teaching time.

Compulsory assignments

  • Oral presentation, approx. 20 minutes

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

About the assessment

The exam must be answered in English. The course is assessed by a written home examination (3 days), approx. 2500 words.

Course materials

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

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • English Language
  • English
  • English Linguistics
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Language and Literature


Examination arrangement: Home exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home exam 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home exam 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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.

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