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MSc/PGDip Deaf Education / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Language Assessment

Unit code HCDI60250
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 successful completion of this course unit students will have demonstrated the ability:

  • to acquire knowledge and understanding of the underlying rationale upon which assessment is made, centred on development and natural language frameworks;
  • to acquire knowledge and understanding of the strategies and techniques used in assessing deaf children's development in language;
  • to develop skills in selecting a package of measures which are most appropriate for individual children;
  • to develop skills in assessing the language level of individual deaf children for summative, formative and diagnostic purposes.

Aims

  • To provide a theoretical and practical framework against which detailed language assessments can be undertaken.
  • To develop the skills necessary to enable useful interpretation of language assessments and reports made by other professionals on deaf children and young people.
  • To identify and be able to prioritise linguistic targets.

Teaching and learning methods

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

Knowledge and understanding

On successful completion of this course unit students will have demonstrated the ability:

  • to acquire knowledge and understanding of the underlying rationale upon which assessment is made, centred on development and natural language frameworks;
  • to acquire knowledge and understanding of the strategies and techniques used in assessing deaf children's development in language;
  • to develop skills in selecting a package of measures which are most appropriate for individual children;
  • to develop skills in assessing the language level of individual deaf children for summative, formative and diagnostic purposes.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • 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.
  • Formal report writing, including recognising confidentiality, appropriate linguistic register and importance of a formative summary.

Assessment methods

  • Written assignment - 100%.

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 30
Independent study hours
Independent study 120

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