SEL8040 : Neurocognition of language development

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To consider theoretical approaches and empirical methodologies to child language development and to explore major empirical findings in the field. The PG seminars focus on language development in children with neuro-developmental disorders including Specific Language Impairment (SLI), dyslexia, and autism.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics will include:

Major theoretical approaches to child language acquisition/development
Empirical methodologies for studying child language (production, comprehension, brain imaging)
Brain and language
Pre-linguistic sensitivities in infants
Discoveries in the acquisition of phonology, semantics, and syntax
Language development in bilingual children
Language in children with neuro-developmental disorders (e.g., Specific language development, autism, dyslexia)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion350:00150:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops101:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery44:0016:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SEL3352Language development:Cross-disciplinary approaches
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

-       12 2hr plenary sessions (lectures) for exposition of the material;
-       10 workshops (per small group) for discussion of topics introduced in the lectures, discussion of further reading, student presentations, practice/preparation for research proposals
-       Tutorials (as needed) for discussion of problems and issues raised by particular students.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A803500 word written piece on a neuro-developmental disorder
Practical/lab report2M2030 minute oral presentations done in class throughout the semester
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2MRegular active contribution to seminars and lectures
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

To assess the student’s skills and appreciation of issues covered.

Reading Lists