SEL2086 : Introduction to Child and Adult Language Acquisition
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Professor Martha Young-Scholten
- Lecturer: Dr Cristina Dye
- Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
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
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
Theoretical perspectives on second language acquisition
The empirical study of interlanguage
The critical period
Acquisition of phonology
Acquisition of lexicon
Acquisition of syntax
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||45:00||45:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||12||2:00||24:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||65:00||65:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Skills practice||1||10:00||10:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Student-led group activity||1||20:00||20:00||inc. 10 hours directed groupwork|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||24:00||24:00||N/A|
Jointly Taught With
|SEL8643||Introduction to Second Language Acquisition|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The lectures will present and explain theoretical frameworks, methodologies, and empirical discoveries, while the workshops will a) reinforce the lectures, b) provide students with opportunities to participate in classroom debates based on assigned readings, and c) support students in analysing (in smaller teams) a small dataset for the second language acquisition part of the module. Students will be expected to read assigned material in advance of the lectures and workshops. Private study time will be devoted to preparatory reading for both lectures and workshops.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||60||1||M||45||Midterm exam to objectively test student understanding of foundational notions|
|Oral Presentation||10||1||M||20||10 minute oral presentation|
|Written exercise||1||A||25||Word count: 1000-1500 words|
|Prof skill assessmnt||1||A||10||10% of the assessment constitutes participation in the weekly seminars accompanying the module.|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Assessed by an examination, seminar participation, one oral presentation on analysis of second language data (morphosyntax/syntax or phonology) and an individual data analysis exercise (on the linguistic domain not selected for the group presentation).
The midterm exam measures understanding of foundational concepts and facts presented during the first half (child language development) of this introductory module.
Seminar participation(professional skills assessment)
Participation takes a variety of forms, from contributing ideas to a discussion to asking the seminar leader a question, to giving a single-word answer (but necessarily require regular attendance).
The presentation evaluates the ability to work as a team to collect their own or transcribe existing L2 acquisition data (using sources such as TalkBank or YouTube videos), tabulate and analyse the data and present the results as a poster. This and the lab exercise provide the basis for further work in second language acquisition, e.g. on an extended study or dissertation.
Written exercise/individual data analysis
The written exercise allows students to use skills of data analysis acquired during their group work and requires them to apply them to the domain of language they did not choose for their group presentation by accessing the same source of data as for the presentation; consideration of the same L2 speakers is allowable.
This ensures that students gain deeper knowledge in both L2 morphosyntax/syntax and phonology. The exercise also requires them to consider, in short answer form, how they would incorporate into a hypothetical study the variables presented in the Part 2 lectures and discussed in the seminars.
Study Abroad Alternative Assessment: 100% Essay