Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE The Development of Communication and Language

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Inclusion and Access to Learning

DESCRIPTION Language Development From Theory to Practice

This study-unit introduces students to the key topics in language development, including how research is conducted in this area, the theoretical perspectives, and major language milestones from birth to adolescence and beyond, and language diversity and language disorders. This study-unit helps the student to connect language development theory and practice. The material presented in this study unit is of utmost relevance to students’ current and future experiences in the educational, and research settings offering also new pedagogical practices. This study unit focuses primarily on linking theory and practice.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of the study-unit is to help students to connect language development theory with practice offering new pedagogical practices they can use within an inclusive setting.

Learning Outcomes:

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

• Describe the building blocks of language;
• Describe the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of language;
• Explain the science and theory of language development;
• Describe language achievement during infancy;
• Describe language during Toddlerhood and how the child explores the world and experiments with language Exploring the World and Experimenting with Language;
• Describe language during preschool and explain how literacy is built on Language;
• Describe language during the school-age years and beyond;
• Explain language diversity;
• Describe language Disorders in Children.

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

• Apply their knowledge of the building blocks of language to plan language support strategies;
• Conduct specific language strategies to the different developmental stages of a child's development.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main text

- Turnbull K.L.P., Laura M. Justice L.M. (2016) (3rd Ed). Language development from theory to practice. Pearson.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Analysis Task SEM2 Yes 50%
Multiple Choice Questions Examination (1 Hour) SEM2 Yes 50%


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