LG115-4-AU-CO:
Child Language Development

The details
2022/23
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Undergraduate: Level 4
Current
Thursday 06 October 2022
Friday 16 December 2022
15
12 August 2022

 

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

 

LG116, LG215, LG216, LG219, LG358

Key module for

(none)

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
4. Cultivate group work skills with a group presentation and learning activities

Module information

Week Topic
2 Introduction to psycholinguistics CDL
3 Speech perception CDL
4 Phonological development CDL
5 Learning words CDL
6 Language structure: Syntax LL
7 Language structure: Morphology LL
8 Discourse and communication LL
9 Developmental language disorders LL
10 Later development and reading LL
11 Bilingualism and multilingualism CDL

Learning and teaching methods

This course consists of 10 weekly 2-hour lectures and 1-hour classes taught by a assistant lecturer (AL). Students are expected to attend both lectures and classes regularly, to participate in class work as required, and to actively contribute to discussions. Reading will be expected in advance of lectures.

Bibliography

  • Erika Hoff (2014) Language development. Fifth edition. 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 Coursework weighting
Coursework   Essay 1  18/11/2022  40% 
Coursework   Presentation evaluation  16/12/2022  5% 
Practical   Quiz 1 (via Moodle)     
Practical   Quiz 2 (via Moodle)     
Practical   Quiz 3 (via Moodle)     
Practical   Quiz 4 (via Moodle)     
Practical   Quiz 5 (via Moodle)     
Practical   Group Presentation   02/12/2022  35% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

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, Ioanna Vasilopoulou
Claire Delle Luche, 4.313, 872113, c.delleluche@essex.ac.uk Laurel Lawyer, 4.340, 872087, l.lawyer@essex.ac.uk Ioanna Vasilopoulou - ioanna.vasilopoulou@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
Yes
Yes
No

External examiner

Dr Sam Christian D'Elia
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 24 hours, 24 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.

 

Further information
Language and Linguistics

Disclaimer: The University makes every effort to ensure that this information on its Module Directory is accurate and up-to-date. Exceptionally it can be necessary to make changes, for example to programmes, modules, facilities or fees. Examples of such reasons might include a change of law or regulatory requirements, industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key personnel, change in government policy, or withdrawal/reduction of funding. Changes to modules may for example consist of variations to the content and method of delivery or assessment of modules and other services, to discontinue modules and other services and to merge or combine modules. The University will endeavour to keep such changes to a minimum, and will also keep students informed appropriately by updating our programme specifications and module directory.

The full Procedures, Rules and Regulations of the University governing how it operates are set out in the Charter, Statutes and Ordinances and in the University Regulations, Policy and Procedures.