Uusi opinto-opas (sisältäen myös opetusohjelmat) lukuvuodelle 2018-2019 sijaitsee osoitteessa https://opas.peppi.utu.fi . Tältä sivustolta löytyvät enää vanhat opinto-oppaat ja opetusohjelmat.

The new study guide (incl. teaching schedules) for academic year 2018-2019 can be found at https://studyguide.utu.fi. This site contains only previous years' guides.

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ENGF4007 Theories of Second Language Learning 5 ECTS
Organised by
English, English Philology
Person in charge
Professor Päivi Pietilä
Minimum preceding studies
120 ECTS.

General description

This course is an introduction to SLA studies, with the main emphasis on theories which try to explain how second/foreign languages are learned. Some central topics such as the role of the native language (transfer), error analysis, and the influence of learning theories on language teaching are also explored.

Learning outcomes

Students are familiar with the central theories of second/foreign language acquisition. They are also familiar with the factors that affect the acquisition process. Students are able to recognise the features typical to the learners' language.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 28 h 0 h

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
Written exam
  • In English


Numeric 0-5.

Study materials

See the department's website for details.

Belongs to following study modules

School of Languages and Translation Studies
School of Languages and Translation Studies
School of Languages and Translation Studies
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
School of Languages and Translation Studies
Classical Archaeology
Greek Philology
Translation Studies
Latin Philology
Scandinavian Languages
Romanian Language and Culture
Finnish and Finno-Ugric Languages
Finnish and Finno-Ugric Lang./Finno-Ugric Lang.
MDP in Finnish and Other Finno-Ugric Languages
Finnish and Finno-Ugric Languages/Finnish Language
Finnish Language and Culture
Hungarian Language and Culture
Estonian Language and Culture
Russian Studies