Psychology

How Children Learn to Communicate

Module code: C8823
Level 6
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Practical, Workshop
Assessment modes: Coursework, Essay

This module on child communication will take you from how humans produce vocalisations to how we use a word in conversation. Firstly, we will examine basic acoustics. Secondly, we will explore the various ways in which children under 5 build their vocabularies. We will focus on typical development, but data from children in atypical populations will also be discussed. At the end of the module we will consider language learning in non-laboratory environments, including the impact of television and electronic devices on children’s learning. Pre-requisites include Developmental Psychology or equivalent and Cognitive Psychology or equivalent.

Pre-requisite

Pre-requisites include Developmental Psychology or equivalent and Cognitive Psychology or equivalent.

Module learning outcomes

  • Systematically understand key aspects of theories of child word learning and communication
  • Critically evaluate relevance of empirical evidence concerning language acquisition in children
  • Have a systematic understanding of key aspects of how vocal signals are produced, structured and perceived
  • Be able to critically evaluate a range of empirical research methods for testing various aspects of child language acquisition.