PL2CL-Child Language Acquisition

Module Provider: Clinical Language Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof Jason Rothman


Type of module:

Summary module description:
This is an introduction into child language acquisition.

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of language development in typically developing children, and introduce current theories in child language acquisition.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:
- Identify the main stages of language development;
- Demonstrate a knowledge and critical understanding of principles and issues in child language acquisition as well as an understanding of the stages of language development in typically developing children;
- Synthesise ideas and controversies in the field of first language acquisition;
- Engage in critical reflective argument.

Additional outcomes:
Students will learn to carry out computer-aided analyses of child language data. They will be able to make connections between theoretically driven ideas of child language acquisition and clinical data.

Outline content:
The first part of the module concentrates on language development in typically developing children between the age of 2 and 4. The second part of the course covers theories of child language acquisition.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

10 two-hour lectures once a week for 10 weeks and a 1 two-hour practical session.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18
Practicals classes and workshops 2
Guided independent study 80
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

The assessment consists of a comprehensive test at the end of the 

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-assessment will be by retaking the written exam by August / September and/or resubmitting failed coursework.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
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    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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