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Language Development

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Module description

Building on in-depth examinations of theoretical perspectives about children’s development of a first language, this first year module will facilitate students’ understandings of the nature of first language acquisition. The module will focus on where language comes from, as well as the stages children pass through to read adult-like speech. Topics covered will include specific aspects of language (e.g., phonology, morphology, lexicon), the role of the ‘input’, the relation between cognition and language, and neurological development. Focus will be primarily on informal learning situations such as home and playgrounds

Assessment details


(1) One 750 word report (25%)

(2) One 2,250 word essay (75%) 

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