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Syllabus Overview for HCD-553-DL Speech and Language Acquisition
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
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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.
- 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
Meets ASHA Knowledge and Skill Standards 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.
General Course Activities/How to Plan Your Time
- Weekly organizer
- Reading assignments
- Discussion Board assignment
- Online learning activities that can be completed until mastery is achieved and that reinforce key concepts
- Occasional additional assignments such as video observations
The final project is case-based wherein students apply the concepts related to typical development learned throughout the course.
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.