• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

Child Language Acquisition (LING6521) is important for anyone who wants to understand how children acquire language. It is an introductory course designed to enable students to acquire an understanding of the process of language acquisition, including how children learn words, learn sounds and learn how to construct grammatically correct sentences. It provides students with the basic skills for carrying out child language acquisition research. Issues covered include collecting, describing and interpreting children's data and reporting research findings. Students will be given an opportunity to analyse some data from a child who is in the process of learning language.

This course is compulsory for graduate students who wish to undertake further research (thesis or sub-thesis) in the area of child language acquisition research. It is recommended for graduate students who wish to undertake further research in applied linguistics. Students should consult with the convenor of Applied Linguistics or their potential supervisor as to whether or not they are required to take the course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to

  1. Assess the level of language ability for a young child by listening to naturally occurring examples of young children talking.
  2. Explain, and argue for, how children learn their first language in terms of phonology, morphosyntax, semantics, interaction and caretaker’s input.
  3. Critically evaluate various language acquisition theories.
  4. Think about, write and present an argument using evidence and results from previous child language research.
  5. Critically summarise child language acquisition readings.

Other Information

This class is co-taught with undergraduate students LING3021. However, LING6521 students have additional tutorials.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment consists of:

  • A critical reading assignment 1500 words (25%) [Learning Outcomes 3,4,5]
  • A theoretical essay 2000 words (30%) [Learning Outcomes 3,4]
  • A data analysis assignment 3000 words (45%) [Learning Outcomes 1,2,4] due in the exam period.

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Workload

2.5 weekly contact hours, plus 7.5 hours of regular work per week outside class.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed LING6001. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Gleason, J. B. (ed) (2009) The Development of Language. 7th Edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Preliminary Reading

Wardhaugh, Ronald (1993) How do we learn a language Investigating Language: Central Problems in Linguistics, Basil Blackwell: Oxford.

O'Grady (2005) How Children Learn Language. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.

Students will be given a full reading list at the beginning of the semester. Journals that publish child language acquisition research include, First Language, Journal of Child Language, Language Acquisition, Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behaviour.

Assumed Knowledge

This course introduces graduate students to child language acquisition. Students will need to have some understanding of linguistics (particularly an understanding of phonetics and syntax) before enrolling in this course.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9501 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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