Child Language: Development, Disorders and Individual Differences (C8823)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

Language is vital to our ability to understand others and be understood ourselves. Children appear to acquire language almost effortlessly. Or do they?

In this module, you will learn more about the various aspects of language acquisition to better understand this important aspect of early child development.

Topics include:

  • gestures
  • accents
  • vocabulary growth
  • the role of sleep.

You'll focus mainly on typical development, but also discuss implications and findings from children with developmental disorders and learning differences. You look at language learning in non-laboratory environments, including the impact of television and electronic devices on children’s learning.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


35%: Coursework (Portfolio, Test)
65%: Written assessment (Essay)

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: