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CSD 1730: Language Acquisition
3 Semester Credits
Spring 2012
Patrick R. Walden, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Course Syllabus

Pre-requisites for this course: CSD 1710

COURSE DESCRIPTION
Phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic, pragmatic and cognitive aspects of language acquisition in the normal child are analyzed.

REQUIRED TEXTS
1. Text: Owens, Robert. (2012). Language development: An introduction, 8th ed. Pearson. ISBN: 0-13-258252-x (in bookstore if you want to buy it there)

2. Miller, Andriacchi, & Nockerts. (2011). Assessing Language Production Using SALT Software: A Clinician’s Guide to Language Sample Analysis. SALT Software, LLC. – This comes with a fully functioning student edition of SALT software. Order at:  HYPERLINK "http://www.saltsoftware.comwww.saltsoftware.com Make sure you get the student version (should be $65 plus $5.95 shipping). ONLY WORKS WITH WINDOWS (not macs)! Not available in the bookstore!!

3. Justice & Ezell. (2001). The Syntax Handbook: Everything you learned about syntax but forgot. Superduper Publications. ISBN: 1888222808. (in bookstore if you want to buy it there).

COURSE OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of the course, the student will:
1. Discuss the relationship among communication, language, and speech.
2. Describe human language and its components.
3. Summarize current theories of language development and the general essence of the “nature-versus-nurture” debate.
4. Describe the relationship between cognition and language, including the perceptual bases of early cognitive/language development.
5. Recall language development milestones/stages from birth through school-aged years.
6. Demonstrate knowledge of language development, through analysis of language samples, including: (a) syntactic development and Brown’s Stages; (b) semantic development; (c) discourse level skills; and (d) pragmatic development.
7. Differentiate the related process of speech and phonological development.
8. Discuss differences in acquisition of language by individuals from diverse cultural and dialectal backgrounds.

ACTIVE LEARNING AND THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Learning only happens when you take an active role. It is important to place more emphasis on developing your insights and skills rather than transmitting information. Knowledge is more important than facts and definitions. It is a way to of looking at the world, an ability to interpret and organize future information. An active learning approach will more likely result in long-term retention and better understanding because you make the content of what you are learning concrete and real in your own mind. Although an active role can look different for various individuals, it is expected in class that you will work to explore issues and ideas under the guidance of those around you (instructor and your colleagues). You can do this by reflecting on the content and activities of this course. During class we will strive to clarify, supplement, and analyze the things you are reading. We will learn much more about the content based on your opinions, knowledge, and experience and you are strongly encouraged to contribute to the class sessions. You are responsible for all assigned reading and all materials- whether presented in class or not

ATTENDANCE
You are expected to attend all scheduled class sessions. In the event you miss a class, it is your responsibility to make arrangements with your colleagues to review the session and obtain materials that you did not get. Unexpected events do occur and I will make every effort to make alternate arrangements for make-up assessments after receiving the necessary documentation to excuse your absence. I will NOT arrange any make-up for an absence that is not documented sufficiently to be excused. If you can’t document your absence, you will not be able to make up the assignment. Also, LOOK AT andUSE the course schedule. You know in advance when assignments are due and when you have a test/quiz. Schedule your absences around those times.

ASSESSMENT
This course contains four forms of assessment: 1 individual project, unit quizzes (total of 5), a Midterm exam and a Final Exam. NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTEDNO EXCEPTIONS
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