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Language Learning and Second Language Acquisition

  • 7.5 credits

Information for admitted students Autumn 2020

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

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Stockholm University's main campus is in the Frescati area, north of the city centre. While most of our departments and offices are located here, there are also campus areas in other parts of the city.

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This course aims to provide an introduction to theories and research in second language acquisition (SLA) and language learning in general. Language is one of the most uniquely human capacities, and how humans acquire the ability to speak in more than one language has been the focus of SLA research. This course will introduce students to key topics such as:

• Age and critical periods in the acquisition of human language;

• Cross-linguistic influences and transfer;

• The linguistic environment and the social dimensions of L2 learning;

• The cognitive dimensions of L2 learning;

• The development of interlanguages: emergent and dynamic systems;

• Motivation and individual differences in language learning.

Further course information will appear soon on this page. Until then, information can be found on the department website.