LG115-4-AU-CO:
Child Language Development

The details
2020/21
Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Undergraduate: Level 4
Current
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 18 December 2020
15
18 May 2020

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
(none)
(none)
(none)

 

LG116, LG215, LG420

Key module for

BA QB36 English Language and Language Development (Including Year Abroad),
BA QQ3C English Language and Language Development,
BA QQ3F English Language and Language Development (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This module provide students with an introduction to a number of contemporary issues in the study of the acquisition of language as well as the study of some developmental language disorders. Topics will include the development of speech sounds, words, and grammar in typically developing children. The module may also introduce topics in bilingual language acquisition and in developmental language disorders, such as dyslexia.

Module aims

This module aims to:
• Provide students with an introduction to contemporary issues in the study of the acquisition of language and developmental language disorders.
• Demonstrate the importance of psycholinguistics to other disciplines, particularly psychology and cognitive science.
• Question and challenge stereotypical views on language acquisition, language processing, and disorders of language.
• Enable students to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to go on to second year courses in linguistics.
• Promote the acquisition of ‘transferable skills’ (e.g., data analysis, report writing, bibliographical referencing, etc.), which will be useful both inside and outside of academic contexts.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of the module, students will be able to:
1. Define key terminology related to first language acquisition and psycholinguistics
2. Understand the basic stages in of the acquisition of linguistic knowledge
3. Critique evidence used to support theories of first language acquisition


Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

2 hours per week - confirmed details will be announced at the start of the academic year.

Bibliography*

  • Erika Hoff. (2014) Language development, Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

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   Essay 1    40% 
Practical   Quiz 1     
Practical   Quiz 2     
Practical   Quiz 3     
Practical   Quiz 4     
Practical   Quiz 5     
Practical   Group Presentation    40% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Claire Delle Luche, email: c.delleluche@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Claire Delle Luche & Dr Laurel Lawyer
Claire Delle Luche, 4.313, 872113, c.delleluche@essex.ac.uk Laurel Lawyer, 4.340, 872087, l.lawyer@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
Yes
Yes
No

External examiner

Dr Christopher Lucas
University of London
Senior Lecturer in Arabic Linguistics
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 40 hours, 39 (97.5%) hours available to students:
1 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
Linguistics

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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