Language & Development I - PSY00004C

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  • Department: Psychology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Elena Geangu
  • Credit value: 30 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

Two faculties that set us apart from other animals are our extraordinary capacity to learn and to communicate. This module focuses on these faculties through the psychological study of infant and child development, and the acquisition of language skills from infancy to adulthood. The module begins with a broad introduction to language and development, leading to a more detailed look at infancy (including cognitive, linguistic, and motoric abilities) and early language acquisition. The module ends with consideration of how, as adults, we manage to recognize the sounds we hear as comprising individual words.

Module learning outcomes

  • Describe the major stages through which infants pass as they develop into young children.
  • Give an account of how language acquisition proceeds, from ‘babbling’ to early competence with the grammar of the native language to which the child is exposed.
  • Describe how the infant’s sensitivities to the sounds of language change with increased exposure to, and practice with, the native language from before birth onwards.
  • Give an overview of the psychological processes which, taking sounds as input, lead to the recognition of that input as a sequence of individuated words.

Module content

Year 1 begins with a broad introduction to language and development, leading to a more detailed look at infancy (including cognitive, linguistic, and motoric abilities) and early language acquisition. Year 1 ends with a consideration of how, as adults, we manage to recognize the sounds we hear as comprising individual words.

  • TB1: Introduction to Development
  • TB2: Introduction to Language
  • TB3: Infancy
  • TB4: Language Development
  • TB5: Sounds and Words

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
1650 Word Essay
N/A 20
Essay/coursework
Mini Project
N/A 5
Practical
Practical
N/A 20
University - closed examination
Language & Development (Paper 1)
1 hours 25
University - closed examination
Language & Development (Paper 2)
1.5 hours 30

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
1650 Word Essay
N/A 20
Practical
Practical
N/A 20
University - closed examination
Language & Development (Paper 1)
1 hours 25
University - closed examination
Language & Development (Paper 2)
1.5 hours 30

Module feedback

The marks on all assessed work will be provided on e-vision.

Students will meet supervisors in wk 6 in AuT, SpT and wk 9 in SuT to discuss their marks.

Indicative reading

Harley, T. A. (2008). The Psychology of Language: From data to theory (3rd. ed.) Hove: Psychology Press.

Slater S. & Bremner, J. G. (2011). An Introduction to Developmental Psychology, 2nd edition.



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