Child Language Acquisition (Q1079)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

In this module, you explore how children learn their first language. 

During the module we'll look at language data from children and their carers to investigate questions such as:

  • 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?


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 22 hours of contact time and 128 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.