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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: 2018-19

Module summary

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

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2018-19

Module aims

  • 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 of SLA 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 group work 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

Module content

Module Structure (week by week):

Week 2: Overview of the module. From 'transfer' to Cross-linguistic Influence

Week 3: CLI on grammatical development

Week 4: Age, proficiency and CLI on sounds in the L2

Week 5: CLI on semantic/lexical development

Week 6: CLI and cognition

Week 7: Using a foreign language and living in a foreign culture: CLI effects on discourse and pragmatics

Week 8: CLI on real-time language processing

Week 9: Bidirectional influences: effects of L2 on L1, and L3 on L2

Week 10: Studying CLI in SLA and implications for language learning and teaching and future research



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

You will receive feedback in a range of ways throughout this module. This will include oral feedback in class, responses to posts on the VLE discussion board and written comments on work. You will have the chance to obtain feedback on your writing during the module, and you will have a short one-to-one meeting with a module tutor to discuss assessments.

You will be provided physical written feedback on assignment report sheets as well as them being readily available on the VLE. Feedback in the department will take 4 to 6 weeks.

Indicative reading

Alonso, R. (2016). Cross-linguistics Influences in Second Language Acquisition. Multilingual Matters.

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

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

Odlin, T. (2012). Cross-linguistics Influences in Second Language Acquisition. In The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. Wiley Blackwell.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.