Individual Differences in Second/ Foreign Language Learning

Course Information
TitleΑτομικές Διαφορές στην Εκμάθηση Δεύτερης/Ξένης Γλώσσας / Individual Differences in Second/ Foreign Language Learning
CodeΕΔΞΓ 577
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600004043


Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Ekmáthīsī kai Didaskalía Xénīs GlṓssasElective CoursesWinter/Spring-7.5

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodSpring
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Understanding of individual differences Ability to recognise individual difference in the language classroom Suggestions of solutions
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Be critical and self-critical
Course Content (Syllabus)
Individual differences research typically includes personality, motivation, intelligence, ability, IQ, interests, values, self-concept, self-efficacy, and self-esteem. The aim of this course is to familiarise students with the individual differences of learners so as to enhance learning outcomes. In particular, the following individual differences are looked into: personality, motivation, intelligence, ability, interests, values, self-concept, self-efficacy, and self-esteem
individual differences, learning outcomes
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
Course Organization
Written assigments128.24.7
Student Assessment
Final essay
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Maltby, J. Day, L. & Macaskill, A. (2007). Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence. London: Pearson Education. Buss, D.M., & Greiling, H.(1999). Adaptive Individual Differences. Journal of Personality, 67, 209-243. Chamorro-Premuzic, T., & Furhnam, A. (2006). Intellectual competence and the intelligent personality: A third way in differential psychology. Review of General Psychology, 10, 251-267. Ellis, R. (1994) The study of second language acquisition. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Kanai, R., & Rees, G. (2011). The structural basis of inter-individual differences in human behaviour and cognition. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 12, 231-241. Oxford, R. (1990) Language Learning Strategies: What Every Teacher Should Know. Heinle & Heinle, Boston. Oxford, R.L. (2003). Language learning styles and strategies: An overview. Oxford: GALA. Skehan, P. (1991) Individual differences in second language learning. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 13, 275–98. Skehan, P. (1998) A cognitive approach to language learning. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Skehan, P. (2002) Theorising and updating aptitude. In P. Robinson (ed.), Individual differences and instructed language learning (pp. 69–93).
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