LLED 496: Theory and Practice in Additional Language Teaching and Learning

July 25 – August 11 (Monday to Thursday) |  1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Format: Online – asynchronous

*During the week of August 1, the course will run from Tuesday, August 2 to Friday, August 5 to accommodate BC Day


The general objective of this course is to provide an overview of additional language acquisition theory. Linguistic diversity is gaining increasing importance in the field of education due to shifting economic and social factors related to globalization, immigration, migration, and changing language policy. In response to those shifts, this course facilitates the critical consumption of the knowledge and evidence needed to make informed decisions related to additional language teaching and learning. Class members examine an array of additional language acquisition theory and research in order to authentically evaluate current trends in applied linguistics. Central to this understanding is experiential inquiry connecting theory with practice in order to explore answers to the question of how additional languages are learned.

After completing this course, students should be able to:

  • Conceptualize the many facets of additional language teaching and learning
  • Critically examine Additional Language Teaching and Leaning (ALTL) theory and research from multiple perspectives to develop an informed understanding applicable to situated learning contexts
  • Apply a critical appreciation of ALTL theory and research to high stakes decision making
  • Recognize key variables in multilingual and additional language classrooms
  • Engage in experiential inquiry and research with speakers of additional languages
  • Reflect on the effectiveness of qualitative research in ALTL
  • Identify and contribute to effective additional language learning environments
  • Deconstruct common myths and misconceptions surrounding ALTL

Dr. Scott Douglas

Dr. Douglas is an associate professor in the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan School of Education.  He enjoys working with teacher candidates, graduate students, and in-service teachers exploring English as an additional language teaching and learning in a wide range of contexts.  His research interests include English for academic purposes, short-term study abroad, intercultural communicative competence, teacher education/development, and materials design.  Douglas is the editor of the BC TEAL Journal, the peer-reviewed publication of the Association of BC Teachers of English as an Additional Language.

How to register

To register for courses, please visit the Student Information Service Centre (SISC).

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC).

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm transfer credit will be approved prior to registering for a UBC Okanagan course.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have current Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm approval of transfer credit prior to registration.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Apply to take select coursework as a non-degree student at through the Non-Degree Access Studies Application.

If you require assistance, please email sie.education@ubc.ca

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the  Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have current Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.