Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Child Language Acquisition

Module Q1079

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This module examines how children master their first language. Central questions include: What processes are involved in learning language and learning to use it? To what extent is language an innate faculty in humans? Does it matter how we talk to children or will they acquire good language skills regardless? Does one lose language-learning ability as one gets older? Is language learning dependent on general cognitive abilities or intelligence? To what extent are language acquisition processes universal or language-specific? In investigating these questions, we'll look at language data from real children and their caretakers.

Module learning outcomes

Show an understanding of the proposed chronology of language acquisition and the reasons it may vary.

Critically assess the major hypotheses concerning language acquisition and the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence used in evaluating them.

Synthesise material from seminar discussions into cogent reports

Find and use research resources on first language acquisition in order to develop and communicate particular specialised knowledge in one or more aspects.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayA2 Week 2 70.00%
ReportT2 Week 2 30.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterLecture1 hour111111111111
Spring SemesterSeminar1 hour111111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Prof M.Lynne Murphy

Convenor, Assess convenor

Dr Lynne Cahill

Assess convenor

Miss Trudy Cadman

Assess convenor

Dr Chloe Porter

Assess convenor

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