Cross-Linguistic Influences in Second Language Acquisition - EDU00048M

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  • Department: Education
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Leah Roberts
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2017-18

Module aims

The overall aim of this module is to explore cross-linguistic influences (CLI) in second language acquisition (SLA) from various different approaches. More specific aims are:

  • to provide a detailed overview (both historical and current) of the construct of CLI in SLA;
  • to familiarise students with methods for studying CLI in SLA at different linguistic (and non-linguistic) levels;
  • to assess the importance of CLI in language learning and language teaching.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content
Students who successfully complete the module should:

  • be aware of the key theoretical debates in the field and how they have evolved;
  • be able to critically evaluate research in the field of CLI from various approaches;
  • be able to assess the importance for, and to relate relevant research findings to topics in the field of both language learning and language education;

Academic and graduate skills

  • Engage critically with academic and language teaching publications
  • Formulate critical and balanced arguments orally and in writing
  • Participate in groupwork and problem-solving activities
  • Undertake and report appropriately short, empirical data collection and analysis work
  • Demonstrate effective planning and time management
  • Word-process, use a concordancer, manage files, use e-mail, VLE and the Web


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback on assignment report sheet (within 6 weeks) and face to face feedback in supervisions

Indicative reading

Jarvis, S. & Pavlenko, A. (2008). Cross-linguistic Influence in language and cognition. New York: Routledge.

Odlin, T. (1989). Language Transfer: Cross-linguistic influence in language learning. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Cook, V. (2003). Effects of the second language on the first. Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Gass, S. & L. Selinker, L. (1983). Language transfer in language learning. Rowley, Mass: Newbury House.

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