MSc/PGDip Deaf Education / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Language Acquisition

Unit code HCDI60240
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Division of Human Communication, Development and Hearing
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

On completion of this unit successful students will be able to:

  • understand the main issues and consensus research findings concerned with the processes of language acquisition in normally developing children;
  • describe and explain the significance of major landmarks in language acquisition at 0-5 years;
  • understand how a hearing loss is likely to affect this  process with respect to spoken language and sign language acquisition;
  • understand the potential effects of deafness on the language learning process.

Aims

Students will have a theoretical understanding of language acquisition in hearing and deaf children. The practical application of this knowledge will help students to facilitate language development in deaf children.

Teaching and learning methods

  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • E-learning resources
  • Tutorials
  • Practical experience while on assessed teaching placement.

Extensive use will be made of electronic resources and practical lab work.

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of this unit successful students will be able to:

  • understand the main issues and consensus research findings concerned with the processes of language acquisition in normally developing children;
  • describe and explain the significance of major landmarks in language acquisition at 0-5 years;
  • understand how a hearing loss is likely to affect this process with respect to spoken language and sign language acquisition;
  • understand the potential effects of deafness on the language learning process.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Key transferable skills:

  • Written communication: detailed analysis of key research papers, critical appraisal and synthesis of such materials with course materials.
  • Information technology: interrogation of electronic resources in the library.
  • Interpersonal skills in group working during workshops and practically while on teaching placement.
  • Flexibility in meeting the diverse assessment needs of deaf children and young people on placement when resources may not parallel those used in the University.
  • Multi-agency working in completing linguistic assessment with supplementary information from Speech and Language therapists and other professionals.

Assessment methods

  • Written assignment - 100%.
  • Phonetics exam - pass/fail.

Recommended reading

All references and reading materials, as well as links to other resources, are online and available through Links2list.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 31
Placement hours
Placement 69
Independent study hours
Independent study 50

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