Course Overview

This course covers oral language development and its relationship to the acquisition of reading and writing skills. Theories of language development are analyzed. Phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics are addressed. 

TypeOnline, Semi-synchronous Lecture
FacultyKaRynn Sheranian, MS, CCC-SLP
Credits3 undergraduate
OfferedFall, Spring, Summer
Cost$1,620.00 (Fees included)


Fall Registration Open

6/4/24 - 9/5/24

What to Expect in this Course

This course is fully asynchronous – there are no required meeting times.

Course activities are organized into modules that are usually 1 week in length.

Our format allows flexibility so you can fit the learning activities into your own schedule

While instructors make regular course updates to enhance your experience as a learner, the table below provides a general idea of what you can expect from a typical week.

Course Activity Hours Per Week

Self Directed Learning

  • Reading Textbooks, articles
  • Watching mini-lectures, videos
  • Listening to podcasts


  • Mini quizzes
  • Weekly modules

Other Assignments

  • Mastery assignments
  • Case studies
  • Practice application assignments

Discussion Boards

  • Initial posting
  • Reading posts
  • Responding to peer posts
Total Time 10-14
  • 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.
  • Language development in school-age children.
  • The relationship between oral and written language 
  • Literacy (reading and writing) acquisition
  • Language differences, including an introduction to multilingual development and dialect
  • 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.

Course Materials

D2L Required
Textbook Required
Lab Kit / Supplies Not needed
Web-Based Learning Application Not needed
Standard word/ data processing capabilities Not needed
Ability to video conference Recommended
Ability to upload images/videos Not needed

D2L: All of our online prerequisite courses use the learning platform software called Desire2Learn (D2L). D2L integrates text, video, and audio. You can check your system compatibility by reviewing the D2L system recommendations.

Textbook: If a textbook is required, every effort is made to choose high-quality, low-cost materials that students can buy and sell, rent and return, or buy and use again in future courses.

Lab Kit / Supplies: Lab kits/supplies allow students to conduct hands-on experiments at home. Information about ordering lab kits and/or supplies will be provided to registered students approximately 6 weeks before the start of the semester.

Web-Based Learning Application: Web-based applications often serve as an alternative to a traditional textbook or lab kit. Most require students to register for a separate application that will integrate seamlessly with the D2L platform.

Standard word and data processing: Technology that allows the student to create, edit, and save documents and files.

Ability to video conference: Technology that allows live, visual connection between individuals who are in different locations.

Ability to upload photos/videos: Technological capabilities through which a student could record a short video or still image and upload it to an online learning system.

Course Faculty

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PhD Student SAiL Literacy Lab Lecturer, Speech Language and Acquisition, Introductory Statistics Online Prerequisites for the Health Professions

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