Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Introduction to Pragmatics for Communication Therapy (CT) Students

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Communication Therapy

DESCRIPTION This study-unit aims to familiarise students with fundamental concepts in the study of pragmatics, linking these to the clinical context. It will introduce them to key concepts in the field and relate these to aspects of clinical practice.

The students will be able to learn about the key linguistic concepts in the field of pragmatics, serving as a baseline for further studies in this field. The study-unit will also outline the pragmatic difficulties seen in children and adults with communication impairments, as well as help CT students understand the different methods of assessment with this client group.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of this study-unit is to introduce Communication Therapy (CT) students to the area of pragmatics while taking clinical background into consideration.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
1. Identify key terms in the field of pragmatics.
2. Appreciate the process of pragmatic development.
3. Demonstrate awareness of pragmatic impairments that may manifest themselves in children and adults.
4. Appreciate basic methods and tools relevant to the assessment of pragmatics.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
1. Distinguish between key concepts in the study of pragmatics.
2. Identify stages in the development of pragmatic skills.
3. Recognise characteristics of pragmatic impairments.
4. Identify basic procedures employed in pragmatic assessment.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

1. Cruse, A. (2010). Meaning in Language: An Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics. Oxford University Press.
2. Fromkin, V. and Rodman, R. (1997) An Introduction to Language (6th ed.). U.S.: Heinle & Heinle Publishers Inc.
3. Grundy, K. (1995) Linguistics in Clinical Practice (2nd ed.) London: Whurr.
4. Owens, R. E. (1992) Language Development: An Introduction (3rd edition) New York: Macmillan Publishing Co.



Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Kristina Agius

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