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SEL3352 : Language development:Cross-disciplinary approaches (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2022/23
  • 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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion144:0044:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading164:0064:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice116:0016:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops111:0011:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity92:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study125:0025:00N/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 Examination1202A85N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M15N/A
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Reflective log2MN/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The midterm assignment 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 probe students' understanding of critical concepts learned throughout the semester, focusing on the development of research approaches and scientific reasoning.

The reflective log will help students reflect on the material, their own engagement with the module, their academic/intellectual development, their developing interests and ideas for after uni, and provide them with continuous personalized feedback from the instructor

Regular active participation in lectures and especially seminars, posting on Discussion Board, participating in an ongoing experiment (if possible) 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.

*Practical/lab report 1: Alternative assessment (only with discussion and permission from module leader): 500-word evaluation of a research article (prepared as a group or, where appropriate and only with prior permission from the module leader, individually)

Reading Lists