Social and Individual Variables in Language Learning and Teaching ENGLANG5122

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course seeks to understand the myriad reasons for individuals experiencing differential outcomes in the second language learning process. We will explore both seminal areas in the field (e.g. language learning motivation; language learning anxiety), as well as new directions in individual differences research (e.g. multilingualism, identity, and teachers' beliefs).


10x 2hr seminars over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses





Report (2000 words) - 40%

Essay (3000 words) - 60%

Course Aims

This course aims to:


■ Introduce students to the key theoretical issues in learner and teacher variables in language education and to outline the evolution of research into social and individual variables over the past 60 years

■ Enable students to identify and define complex social and individual variables relevant to language learning and teaching

■ Provide practical skills training in research design and implementation through a variety of quantitative and qualitative methodologies

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Critically analyse the theoretical and methodological trajectory of research into social and individual variables in language learning and teaching over the past 60 years

■ Evaluate the key findings from selected seminal studies in the research area and relate these to their experiences or areas of interest

■ Interpret and interrelate the results of qualitative and quantitative analysis of real-life data

■ Identify and articulate future directions for research in language learning and teaching

■ Identify, critique and apply a range of appropriate methodologies for researching social and individual variables and language learning and teaching

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.