SEL3352 : Language development:Cross-disciplinary approaches
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Cristina Dye
- Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value:
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
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.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||44:00||44:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||24||1:00||24:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||64:00||64:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Skills practice||1||10:00||10:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Student-led group activity||12||2:00||24:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||22:00||22:00||N/A|
Jointly Taught With
|SEL8040||Neurocognition 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
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||150||2||A||85||Administered by Exams Office|
|Practical/lab report||2||M||15||20 minute presentation delivered orally, in class, during the semester|
|Prof skill assessmnt||2||M||Regular 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.