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

3 Credits

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

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
  • Reading assignments
  • Lecture
  • 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
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 is case-based wherein students apply the concepts related to typical development learned throughout the course.

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. We recommend planning several 1- 2-hour study blocks throughout the week.
 
The instructor is available via email and by phone or Zoom 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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