Understanding Typical Communication

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
21 November 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC B630 Speech and Language Therapy,
BSC B631 Speech and Language Therapy (Including Year Abroad),
BSC B632 Speech and Language Therapy (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This module introduces students to transcription of typical English (and non-English sounds in languages commonly spoken in the UK), using broad (phonemic) and narrow (phonetic) transcription, including awareness of accent differences. This module also introduces students to the analysis of typical language grammar, including an awareness of dialectal differences. The human speech chain (receptive processing & expressive production) will also be explored.

Module aims

This module aims to develop your understanding of the human speech chain, distinguishing between receptive processing and expressive production. This module also aims to develop your understanding of the components of language and your ability to analyse typical language grammar and speech sounds.

Module learning outcomes

Describe the core components of language and literacy readiness

Demonstrate knowledge of the processes involved in the ‘Speech Chain’

Demonstrate the ability to transcribe typical speech sounds

Demonstrate the ability to analyse typical grammar

Identify high frequency syntactic and phonetic features of languages commonly spoken in the UK.

Module information

This module is delivered one day a week throughout the autumn and spring terms. In addition to some traditional lectures where tutors will share information, you will be expected to engage in small group workshops and work independently to truly understand the content at a deep level. This will help enable you to understand communication difficulties later in the degree programme.

Learning and teaching methods

Taking a developmental approach to the programme, this early speech and language therapy module will provide opportunities for interactive learning supported by key lectures. Small group workshops will form the basis of the exploratory learning nature of this module. The emphasis will be to commence your development of skills in readiness for ongoing modules, enabling later analysis of speech and language difficulties.


  • Crystal, David. (2004) Making sense of grammar, Harlow: Pearson Longman.
  • Ashby, Patricia. (c2011) Understanding phonetics, London: Hodder Education.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   3,000 Word Analysis of the Human Speech Chain  10/02/2020  100% 
Exam  120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Sara Garib-Penna, email: sgarib@essex.ac.uk.
Sara Garib-Penna, Sally Austin, Julie Austin
Cerys Somers/Hannah Duncan ipladmin@essex.ac.uk - 01206 874496/4954



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 245 hours, 153 (62.4%) hours available to students:
92 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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