LING219-12S2 (C) Semester Two 2012

Language Acquisition

15 points
09 Jul 2012 - 11 Nov 2012


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.

Learning Outcomes


LING101 or LING111 or ENGL123 or ENGL112 or relevant background in EDUC or EDED or PSYC with the approval of the Head of Department.


CMDS221, LING205

Streams Day Time Where Notes
Stream 01 Thursday 9:00am-10:00am Kirkwood KC05 9 Jul - 19 Aug,
3 Sep - 14 Oct
Friday 11:00am-12:00pm Kirkwood KC04 9 Jul - 19 Aug,
3 Sep - 14 Oct

Course Coordinator

Susan Foster-Cohen


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Take home test (two best of three) 30% each 60%
In-class test (1) 40%


Course readings will be made available through Learn.

Course links

Library portal
The course outline is available on LEARN (only for students enrolled in this course).

Indicative Fees

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.

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