PLMCLA-Child Language Acquisition

Module Provider: Clinical Language Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
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Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Jason Rothman

Email: j.rothman@reading.ac.uk

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

Aims:
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:
Five three-hour lectures once a week for 5 weeks, and 5 one-hour practical sessions over the same 5 weeks.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 15
Practicals classes and workshops 5
Guided independent study 80
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 20
Class test administered by School 80

Other information on summative assessment:
The coursework consists of a classroom test and a 1,000 short answer essay.

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Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

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Requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-assessment by September.

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Last updated: 21 December 2016

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