Language is a complex and intriguing phenomenon, arguably unique to humans and certainly at the heart of our success as a species. In this course, we explore the role of nature and nurture in language learning, the leading models used to explain the processes of language acquisition, some applications of the theories and some unfolding perspectives wrought by the prominence of technology in our daily lives. 

By the end of the course, students are expected to: 

• give an account of the key theories that have defined the field of second language acquisition to date 
• explain the applications of various language acquisition theories
• and discuss the role of new media in language learning. Requirements for credits 90-minute PL exam 


Successful completion of the Information Technology PVL exam

This course is designed to develop and improve students’ presentation skills. Students will be exposed to and practice a variety of presentation styles including persuasive (argumentative), informative and explanative/instructive. Presentation delivery including body language, eye contact and voicing will be highlighted and the structure of an effective presentation, including the use of effective visuals aids, will be emphasized. A working webcam and microphone will be necessary for effective and meaningful online live sessions.

 The course will also expose students to the art of debating and how to facilitate and participate in group discussions to become an effective group leader/member. Students will be required to give critical feedback to their peers and to evidence adherence to feedback in subsequent presentations. Although the focus of the course is on oral communication, there will be some research required in order to provide a realistic level of content in the presentations and discussion/debate.