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, the stages children pass through to read adult-like speech, as well as attempts to teach non-human animals to use language. Topics covered will include specific aspects of language (eg phonology, morphology, lexicon), the role of the ‘input’, the relation between cognition and language, neurological development, and learning to read. Focus will be primarily on informal learning situations such as home and playgrounds. However, there will be occasion to discuss more formal opportunities for learning.
*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.
Dr Jill Hohenstein
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(1) One 750 word report (25%)
(2) One 2,250 word essay (75%)
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