Course syllabus





School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics


Instructed Language Learning

Semester 2, 2019


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Course lecturer

Professor Gary Barkhuizen (convenor)

Phone: 9238197


Course Aim and Outcomes

This course introduces the study of language learning in instructed contexts; in other words, in contexts in which some form of instruction or guidance occurs. It covers how a second or foreign language is learned, and explores different aspects of language teaching from the perspective of language learning and factors responsible for individual differences in learning. Students will consider concepts and research in instructed language learning in relation to classroom, institutional, and broader social and political contexts.

  1. have a general understanding of the factors that affect second/foreign language learning;
  2. be able to explain basic language learning theories;
  3. have an overview of recent developments and idea regarding language learning in micro and macro social contexts;
  4. have an understanding of the psychological and social experiences of individual language learners in instructed contexts;
  5. be able to apply what they have learned to evaluate and analyze language instructional practices.



This course is taught in a classroom on campus. Supporting materials and some lecture content (including Week 8) will also be available on Canvas.

The lectures are delivered interactively. There will be pair and group work, and you will be expected to respond to question and engage in tasks. Students are expected to attend all lectures. Attendance is noted.

There are three scheduled tutorials, which will focus on assessment preparation (see outline below). The three tutorials directly follow lectures.



Lectures:       There is one 2-hour lecture per week: Thursday 2pm – 4pm

Lecture room: Biology Building, Room 204 (106-204)

Tutorials:       There are three tutorials.

Thursday 4pm – 5pm, following these lectures:

                   8 Aug (Week 3)

                   19 Sep (Week 7)

                   17 Oct (Week 11)

Tut room:      Humanities Building, Room 209 (206-209)



  • The university expects students to spend 10 hours per week study time for this course.
  • This includes reading course materials, attending lectures, and preparing for assignments and tests.
  • Understanding class materials is important for the completion of assignments as well as in-class and online tasks and tests.
  • Students must check that their Canvas settings are set to receive Canvas notifications, including announcements.



The set readings for each lecture are available on Canvas. The readings are listed and available from the Reading List on Canvas, and will also be indicated on the handout for each lecture. There is no textbook for this course.



The course has three assessments, as below. Specific details are provided under ‘Assignments’ in Canvas, and will be discussed during class and tutorials.

Assessment 1

1 written assignment: 1,400 words (30%)

Assessment 2

1 written assignment: 1,600 words (40%)

Assessment 3

In-class test (30%)


Submission of Assignments 1 and 2

Submit the assignment electronically through Canvas.

  • You must submit your assignment in electronic format (WORD preferably); MAC users do not submit .pag files.
  • Submit all pages under ‘Assignments’ on Canvas and the appropriate assignment heading. This ensures your assignment goes through Turnitin automatically.
  • Do not try to determine the similarity percent by submitting your assignment to a website, including Grammarly. If you do, you will create problems of plagiarism in Turnitin.
  • You can only submit one document, and can only submit your assignment once.


NOTE:  The School has a strict policy on meeting deadlines for the submission of assignments. Extensions will be given only in special circumstances and there are penalties for submitting work late. The document on Assignment Deadlines, Penalties and Extensions can be found in Canvas.


Plagiarism (official University statement)

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence.  The work that a student submits for grading must be the student’s own work, reflecting his or her learning.  Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced.  This requirement also applies to sources on the world-wide web.  A student’s assessed work may be reviewed against electronic source material using computerised detection mechanisms. Upon reasonable request, students may be required to provide an electronic version of their work for computerised review. 


Students with impairments

Students with impairments are asked to discuss privately with the course convenor (face–to-face and/or by email) any impairment-related requirements regarding delivery of course content or course assessments. Please contact Gary Barkhuizen as soon as possible if you have any impairment-related needs.




Week 1

25 Jul:  What is instructed language learning (ILL)?


Week 2

1 Aug:  Early second language learning theories and key concepts


Week 3 + Tutorial (4-5pm)

8 Aug:  The work of the Douglas Fir Group


Week 4

15 Aug:  Individual differences


Week 5

22 Aug:  Motivation and language learning


Week 6

29 Aug:  Social identity theory


                   Mid-semester break


Week 7 + Tutorial (4-5pm)

19 Sep:  Sociocultural theory and the ZPD


Week 8 (online lecture)

26 Sep:  Focus on form and corrective feedback


Week 9

3 Oct:  Instructional practices (methods and pedagogy) and language learning


Week 10

10 Oct:  Language learning online and blended instructed learning


Week 11 + Tutorial (4-5pm)

17 Oct:  Study abroad and language learning


Week 12

24 Oct:  In-class test


Course summary:

Date Details Due