Short Title:Language Acquisition
Full Title:Language Acquisition
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:LANG H3006
 
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Child Care and youth services
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Reviewed By:Helena Doody
Module Author:Zuzana Tesarova
Module Description:The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the specialised area of Language Acquisition which builds on previous modules in Child Development. It covers theories and stages of first language acquisition and then goes on to consider how second language acquisition in the Early Years may be similar to but also different from first language acquisition. It aims to sensitise students to the difficulties faced by children whose first language is not English coming into a monolingual and mono-cultural context. The naĆ­onra or Irish language setting will also be studied. The module aims to highlight the benefits for children in becoming bilingual and bicultural.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Compare and contrast different theories of language acquisition.
LO2 Distinguish the various stages of first language acquisition from age 0 - 4.
LO3 Specify the stages of second language development one might observe among children learning an additional language in an early years setting.
LO4 Debate some of the characteristics and benefits of bilingualism and biculturalism.
LO5 Propose practical strategies for supporting second language children in Early Years settings.
 

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Case study 3,5 40.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam n/a 1,2,3,4,5 60.00 End-of-Semester

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 5.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
 

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Hummel, K.M. 2013, Introducing Second Language Acquisition, John Wiley & Sons [ISBN: 1118588029]
  • Siraj-Blatchford, I.,Clarke, P. 2000, Supporting Identity, Diversity And Language In The Early Years, McGraw-Hill Education (UK) [ISBN: 0335204341]
  • Tabors, P.O. 2008, One Child, Two Languages, 2nd ed Ed., Brookes Pub [ISBN: 155766921X]
  • O'Grady, W. 2005, How Children Learn Language, Cambridge University Press [ISBN: 1139442155]
  • Hickey, T. 1997, Early Immersion Education in Ireland: Na Naionrai, Institiuid Teangeolaiochta Eireann [ISBN: 0946452903]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Cummins, J. 2000, Language, Power, and Pedagogy, Multilingual Matters [ISBN: 1853594733]
  • Genesee, F. (Ed) 1994, Educating Second Language Children, Cambridge University Press [ISBN: 0521457971]
  • Lightbown, P.M., Spada, N. 2013, How Languages are Learned 4th edition - Oxford Handbooks for Language Teachers, Oxford University Press [ISBN: 0194541290]
  • Pinter, A. 2017, Teaching Young Language Learners, 2nd ed. Ed., Teaching Young Language Learners [ISBN: 0194403181]
  • Genesee, F. 1994, Educating Second Language Children, Cambridge University Press [ISBN: 0521457971]
  • Lantolf, J.P., Thorne, S.L. 2006, Sociocultural theory and the genesis of second language development, Oxford University Press, USA [ISBN: 0194421813]
  • Bialystok, E. 2001, Bilingualism in Development, Cambridge University Press [ISBN: 0521635071]
  • Meisel, J.M. 2011, First and Second Language Acquisition, Cambridge University Press [ISBN: 1139496379]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HCHCE_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Early Childhood Care and Education 6 Mandatory