ENG4220 - Learning English as a Global Language

Year of Study:3
Credit Units: 3
Duration: 45hours
Prerequisites: ENG1200 Introduction to Linguistics,
ENG1205 English Lexical Studies,
ENG2200 The Grammar and Structure of English,
ENG2205 The Sound Systems of English,
and at least one 3000-level linguistics elective module,
or with special permission from Instructor and approval by Department Head
Module Description
This module provides more advanced English majors an introduction to current theories and research in second language acquisition (SLA), with emphasis on English as a global language. Students will become acquainted with contemporary development in SLA in terms of linguistic, cognitive, environmental and social factors which shape how language, especially a second language, is acquired, in a global context. The module will first introduce students to different approaches to first and second language acquisition. Then students will learn about a range of topics, such as input and interaction, developmental stages, cognitive processes, individual differences, social contexts and cross-linguistic influence, which are necessary to explain various phenomena in learning a second language in a global context. Based on these issues, connections will be made between SLA theories and English teaching in Hong Kong.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. Develop cultural and linguistic awareness of English as a global language

  2. Synthesise research on an SLA research topic.

  3. Present critically on research articles.

  4. Understand basic research methodology in SLA.