SEL8654 : Psychology of Language Development

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module aims to provide a post-graduate level introduction to the cross-disciplinary study of language development in children. It is a pre-requisite for SEL 8040. It offers a critical overview of fundamental research questions that have shaped the field and it introduces students to methodological issues in conducting empirical research in language development.

Outline Of Syllabus

Theoretical questions and perspectives on child language
What needs to be acquired and the challenges facing the child
Nature and nurture in language development
How can we investigate child language

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion145:0045:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading165:0065:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice110:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity120:0020:00inc. 10 hours directed groupwork
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study124:0024:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures will present and explain theoretical frameworks, methodologies, and empirical discoveries, while the seminars will a) reinforce the lectures, b) provide students with opportunities to participate in classroom debates based on assigned readings, and c) guide students in developing a topic for the final essay. Students will be expected to read assigned material in advance of the lectures and seminars. The module requires a good amount of independent work and reflection. Private study time will be devoted to preparatory reading for both lectures and workshops.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination601M40Midterm exam to objectively test student understanding of foundational notions
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A603000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessed by a midterm examination and a final essay

Written Examination
The midterm exam measures understanding of foundational concepts and facts presented during the first half of this module.

The essay provides students the opportunity to select and develop a topic of their own choosing (from the topics covered in the module, and with the instructor's approval)

Reading Lists