Language Learning and Second Language Acquisition, 7.5 credits

About the education

This course aims to provide an introduction to theories and research in second language acquisition 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

The course will require active participation from the students, who will prepare questions for discussions and research additional materials based on their topics of interest. All the students will be required to present orally and critically discuss a piece of research during the course, and will submit a final written project.

Subject: English

Do you want to learn how to master English?

Between 350 and 400 million people speak English as a native language, and at least as many people use the language as an official second language.

What will you, as a student, gain from studying English at the university level? You will gain knowledge about the structure of the language and a deeper insight into the culture, literature and history of the English-speaking countries, at the same time as you improve your ability to actively use English substantially.

English will provide you with insights into basic English linguistics, oral and written proficiency, plus an introduction to English literature and culture. You will get the opportunity to practise your skills in reading and analysing texts, as well as writing essays and making presentations in English.

English II deepens your understanding of both linguistics and literary studies. In addition, a 7.5 HEC elective course will offer you the opportunity to study an area of English studies more closely under the tutelage of a specialist in that area.

When you study the BA course in English, you continue your specialization by choosing more courses in linguistics and literary studies, and you will also carry out a 15 HEC degree project.

With the English magister course, you make a choice between linguistics and literary studies, and the course gives you subject-specific qualifications for applying to the PhD programme.

English can also be studied in career-based programmes for a magister degree or a degree in education, and also for further studies in translation.

In the global world of today, knowledge of English is essential, regardless of what profession you choose. Proficiency in English is vital for careers in international companies and organizations, like the EU and the UN. The central position of English ensures that the demand for teachers in the subject will remain high.

Area of interest: Language and Linguistics

Languages open doors to other cultures, experiences, business contacts and collaboration between countries. At Stockholm University you can study nearly 30 different languages. You can also delve into more theoretical subjects such as Linguistics and Bilingualism.

Language and Linguistics studies can lead to a large variety of professions within teaching, research and industry, the public sector, trade and tourism, and other areas.

Department responsible for education

Department of English