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SEL3352 : Language development:Cross-disciplinary approaches

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Cristina Dye
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


In this module we will consider different theoretical approaches to child language development, a range of methodologies employed in exploring children's linguistic knowledge, and various empirical discoveries. In addition to typical language development, the module also explores the development of language in children with neuro-developmental disorders such as Specific Language Impairment (SLI), Autism and Dyslexia.

A broader aim of this module is to provide students with knowledge and experience in scientific reasoning and scientific methods.

Outline Of Syllabus


Theoretical approaches to child language development/acquisition
Psycholinguistic methodologies for studying children's language knowledge
Brain development
Discoveries in the acquisition of phonology, syntax, semantics
Language development in bilingual children
Language development in children with neuro-developmental disorders such as Specific Language Impairment (SLI), Dyslexia, Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion144:0044:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading164:0064:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice110:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study122:0022:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SEL8040Neurocognition of language development
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures are for exposition of the material; the seminars/workshops are for class discussions, and during part of the semester, also for student presentations and feedback

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1502A85Administered by Exams Office
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M1520 minute presentation delivered orally, in class, during the semester
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2MRegular participation throughout the semester
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The oral group presentation of a research article assigned by the instructor will provide students with the opportunity to read, dissect, critically evaluate, and present a piece of research; it will further help as preparation for the final examination.

The final written examination will test understanding of critical concepts learned throughout the semester, focusing on the development of research approaches and scientific reasoning.

Regular active participation in lectures and especially seminars, posting on Discussion Board, and participation in an experiment of their choice, will help students to more deeply engage with the materials covered as well as provide them with hands-on experience and practice in scientific reasoning.

Reading Lists