Oral language acquisition

llogo1212  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

Oral language acquisition
4 credits
30.0 h
Main themes
·         Communication development
·         Phonological development
·         Lexical and semantic development
·         Syntactical development
·         Pragmatic development
·         Theoretical approaches to language acquisition
·         Normal variations in spoken language development
·         Atypical spoken language development
·         Spoken language development during the school years
·         Second language acquisition (bilingualism)
·         Spoken language development in the adult years
·         The effects of aging on spoken language

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 To obtain a general view on the ontogenesis of spoken language both from a descriptive perspective as well as in terms of the involved cognitive processes.
With respect to the reference list of academic competences, this course primarily aims to bring the students to :
  • A1. master the knowledge that allows to explain and understand an individual, a group or an organisation
  • E2. identify the contribution and added value of psychological scientific research in the understanding of given situations
Secondly, this course aims to bring the students to:
  • A2. analyse, criticise in a motivated way and model a situation (individual, group or organisation) with reference to theories, empirical results, methods and tools relevant for psychology
  • E1. master the stages, methodologies and tools of psychological and educational scientific research
Spoken language acquisition
- The prelinguistic period
- Acquisition of the early lexicon
- Acquisition of phonology
- Acquisition of the lexicon
- Acquisition of morphology
- Acquisition of semantics
- Acquisition of syntax
- Acquisition of discourse
- Acquisition of pragmatics
- Individual differences
- Theoretical approaches and pathology
Teaching methods
Due to the exceptional COVID-related circumstances, the lectures will use a comodal format combining simultaneously classroom and online instruction. Depending on the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, it remains possible that teaching evolves to a purely distantial, online format.
Evaluation methods
Caution: Depending on the evolution of the sanitary situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this exam can be in presential or in distantial (online) format. 
Evaluation in session
- written exam
- 40 multiple choice questions: 4 options, 1 correct alternative
- the minimum mastery of learning outcomes (corresponding to a score of 10/20) for this exam is set at 25 correct answers out of 40
Depending on the evolution of the sanitary situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the exam will be in presential or distantial (online) format. 
Daviault, D. (2011). L’émergence et le développement du langage chez l’enfant. Montréal, QC: ChenelièreEducation.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Linguistics

Bachelor in Psychology and Education : Speech and Language Therapy

Minor in Linguistics