Oral language acquisition

llogo1212  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Oral language acquisition
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
4 credits
30.0 h
Simonis Morgane (compensates Szmalec Arnaud); Szmalec Arnaud;
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

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
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 pragmatics
- Spoken language at the adult age
- Individual variations
- Atypical development
Teaching methods
Evaluation methods
Evaluation in session
Written exam (30 multiple choice questions and two open questions)
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