Second Language Studies (offered by FAH)

Tentative

Choose 1 course from the following:

  • AHGC7306

    Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

    The purpose of this course is to introduce the major components of theoretical and action research as carried out in language learning and teaching. Students read a variety of case studies on theoretical and action research with a focus on understanding and evaluating study design, procedures, analyses, as well as the use of electronic resources. They consider the process of literature review in the development of research questions and develop a proposal for their own research project.

  • CHIN7101

    Methods in Chinese Linguistics

    本課程旨在系統介紹語言學的研究思路、方法和一些重要的語言學理論,指導學生採用科學的工具和方法對漢語進行共時或歷時的系統研究。課程包括語言學研究的一般方法和特殊方法,語言學研究中經常使用的工具性概念,各個語言學流派所採用的分析技術,國內學者建立的語言學理論等內容。

All courses are compulsory:

  • AHGC7302

    Second Language Acquisition

    This course will examine current theories of second language acquisition, in relation to the acquisitional process, developmental stages, and external factors conditioning acquisition, including the effects of the first language, age of acquisition, motivation, instructional context and the nature of input. Topics discussed will include the critical period hypothesis, parallels with first language acquisition, bilingualism and exceptional language learning.

  • AHGC7303

    Evaluation and Assessment of Language Use

    This course introduces students to fundamental concepts of language testing and assessment and critically examines testing instruments and procedures for specific purposes, with particular attention to test use in classroom settings.

  • Course code: TBC

    Language and Linguistics

    This course introduces key concepts and approaches to the study of language and linguistics. It provides an overview, with basic terminology, of the major subfields of linguistics, investigating the nature, history, and structure of language, and how language relates to the mind, society, and education. It provides the basis of investigation in subsequent courses in the MA in SLA program. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own language experience and apply the theories covered in the course to their own linguistic context.

  • Course code: TBC

     Project Report

    The Project Report may incorporate elements of data collection, data processing, data analysis and data solution. Students need to identify a proper research question and access to relevant and appropriate data for close examinations of that particular question under investigation. Topics can range from second language acquisition to language assessment, among other such applied linguistics topics. Students are expected to conduct the research independently, implementing and applying the big data approach to their proposed project and in their selected fields of second language studies, and submit an individual report.