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This course deals with key aspects of how human language is acquired by children, from infancy to adolescence. Selected topics in bilingual and second language development are also covered.
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of what we understand about the nature of, and explanations for, language acquisition in children. By the end of the course you should have a fairly detailed understanding of the path of typical and atypical monolingual language development in children, as well as an understanding of how that path compares with children developing bilingually. You will also have some understanding of why that developmental path is as it is, and how it varies between different learners in different circumstances. Some knowledge of linguistics is useful but not essential as there are opportunities to bring a range of perspectives to bear on the material.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
LING101 or LING111 or ENGL123 or ENGL112 or relevant background in EDUC or EDED or PSYC with the approval of the Head of Department.
Course readings will be made available through Learn.
Library portalThe course outline is available on LEARN (only for students enrolled in this course).
Domestic fee $619.00
International fee $2,688.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Language, Social and Political Sciences.