Syllabus Overview for HCD-553-DL Speech and Language Acquisition

3 Credits

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Course Materials

Please visit the Institute's online bookstore for information regarding required course materials.

Note: Speech and Language Acquisition will run for 12 weeks.

Meets ASHA requirements for:

•    ASHA Standard IV-B (DESE SMK 5a2): Define the properties and components of language.
•    ASHA Standard IV-B (DESE SMK 5a2) (DESE PST 1a, Introduction level): Demonstrate knowledge of the development of speech and language. Demonstrate the ability to integrate information pertaining to normal and abnormal human development.
•    ASHA Standard IV-B (DESE SMK 5a2) (DESE PST 1a, Introduction level): Demonstrate knowledge of the biological and neurological bases of language acquisition.
•    ASHA Standard IV-B (DESE SMK 5a2, 5a3, 5a4) (DESE PST 1a, Introduction level): Demonstrate knowledge of common theories of language acquisition.
•    ASHA Standard IV-B (DESE SMK 5a2, 5a3, 5a4) (DESE PST 1a, Introduction level): Demonstrate understanding of the relationship between language development and the development of other cognitive abilities.
•    ASHA Standard IV-B (DESE SMK 5a2, 5a3, 5a4) (DESE PST 1a, Introduction level): Synthesize and apply concepts related to oral and written language differences and cultural and linguistic diversity.

Topics you will study

•    What is language?
•    Language components of form, content, and use.
•    Theories of language acquisition and the influence of nature, nurture, and culture on language development.
•    The relationship between cognitive, perceptual, motor and language development in infants.
•    Language development in toddlers and preschoolers.
•    Oral language development in school-age children.
•    The relationship between oral and written language skills.
•    The acquisition of reading and writing in children.
•    The difference between language delays, disorders, and differences.
•    Red flag indicators for a child being at risk for language impairment.

General Course Activities/How to Plan Your Time

The class is organized into 2-3 week modules which are grouped by topic. Each week will follow a similar structure and include the following components:
•    Weekly organizer
•    Introduction to the topic of the week
•    Reading assignment
•    Lecture
•    Self-assessment activity
•    Discussion Board assignment
•    Occasional additional assignments such as video observations, article summaries, etc.
Each module will culminate in a quiz to provide an opportunity to demonstrate your internalization of key concepts discussed in the module.
The final project includes an analysis of several case studies wherein students apply the concepts learned throughout the course of the semester.
This class is fully asynchronous to allow you the opportunity for flexibility in deciding when and how to tackle the material.  Students typically dedicate 10-14 hours per week to this course.  
The instructor is available via email, phone, or Adobe Connect by appointment.

Technology Requirements

This course uses the learning platform software called Desire2Learn (D2L.) D2L integrates text, video, and audio. Before enrolling in the course, review the D2L system recommendations.

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