Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Clinical Linguistics

LEVEL 04 - Years 4, 5 in Modular UG or PG Cert Course


DEPARTMENT Communication Therapy

DESCRIPTION The framework within which this study-unit is set up includes discussion of the application of aspects of linguistics and some practical applications examined.

Study-unit Outline – Clinical Phonology:

- Application of Phonological Acquisition Theories to assessment in the clinic;
- Distinction between a phonetic and phonological disorder;
- The use of formal and informal assessment with bilingual children referred with speech difficulties;
- Implications for Intervention.

Study-unit Outline – Clinical Semantics & Pragmatics:

- Defining clinical pragmatics and semantics;
- Pragmatic and semantic development;
- Approaches to the assessment of pragmatics and semantics;
- Approaches to SLT intervention and the role of the SLT in assessment and intervention with clients who have pragmatic and semantic difficulties.

Study-unit Outline – Clinical Morphology & Syntax:

- An overview of the basic concepts in Linguistics and the applicability to the clinic;
- The convenience of separating levels of language for linguistic analysis and the interrelationships of these levels is examined;
- Some formal assessment procedures and management programmes for English are discussed;
- Informal assessment of syntax and morphology within an integrative approach;
- Establishing a client’s syntactic and morphological repertoire and functions of language.

Study-unit Aims:

To enable the student to apply the basic concepts studied in the Linguistics Modules to the clinical situation.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Integrate all he/she has learnt in Phonetics and Phonology, Semantics and Pragmatics, Morphology and Syntax courses to assessment and diagnosis as well as management of clients within the local clinical settings.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Discover different ways of addressing clinical challenges related to specific client needs;
- Use the discussions and workshops carried out as part of the module as a source of knowledge and experience that can applied in a variety of ways with similar or different clients/groups.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Various and consistently updated related to the availability of assessments and intervention programmes.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Group Learning & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (3 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Helen Grech
Josette Portelli
Irene Walsh

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