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?

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: