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Module

SEL2086 : Introduction to Child and Adult Language Acquisition

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Martha Young-Scholten
  • Lecturer: Dr Cristina Dye
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To provide students with an introduction to the main theories, questions, methods of investigation, and discoveries in the two fields of a) child language development and b) adult second language acquisition.

Outline Of Syllabus

Weeks 1-5: Child language development
Topics:
Theoretical questions and perspectives on child language
What needs to be acquired and the challenges facing the child
How can we investigate child language
Brain and language development
Role of nurture in language development

Weeks 6-10: Second language acquisition
Topics:
Theoretical perspectives on second language acquisition
The empirical study of interlanguage
The critical period
Acquisition of phonology
Acquisition of lexicon
Acquisition of syntax
Individual differences
Social context

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable