PLMCLA-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:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof Jason Rothman


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:

Nine two-hour lectures once a week for 9 weeks, and 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
Set exercise 100

Other information on summative assessment:

The coursework consists of a continuous assessment of 9 quizzes, one assigned after each lecture that focuses on the content area of each.  

Formative assessment methods:

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:

Length of examination:

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

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-assessment by September.

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Last updated: 31 March 2017

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