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MSc Language Acquisition & Development

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Year 1 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • QXL-4417: First Language Acquisition (20)
    Course content This module provides an introduction to the study of language development. There are three goals for this course. The first goal is to introduce students to key findings and central debates in the study of language development. The second goal is to provide students with the tools to critically examine the existing literature. The third goal is to provide hands-on experience and training in how to conduct research on language development. The lectures will provide students with the “big picture”, i.e. central topics are summarized, important studies discussed and open questions outlined. In the tutorials, students discuss key studies in detail and reflect on methodologies, results and implications. The following topics will be covered: 1. Early language development 2. Phonological development 3. First language acquisition: Syntactic development 4. Multilingual Acquisition 5. Theories of language development: Constructivist and mentalist approaches 6. Bilingual development 7. Language disorders 8. Developmental neurolinguistics
  • QXL-4432: Linguistics Research Methods (20) Core
    1. The basics of research: Properties of good research (empirical methods, validity, falsifiability), aims, research questions and hypotheses, testing hypotheses (null & alternative hypothesis) – The empirical cycle 2. Constructs and operationalisation through variables; Sampling and validity 3. Types of methods: Quantitative, qualitative and mixed methodology 4. Experimental research design & basic statistical concepts (within- & between-subjects, power and effect size, parametric/non-parametric data) 5. Statistical concepts explained 6. Research methods (1): Questionnaire and survey design & data analysis 7. Research methods (2): Experimental design in language acquisition research & data analysis 8. Research methods (3): Corpus linguistics 9. Research methods (4): Qualitative research methods in linguistics: Linguistic Ethnography or Discourse Analysis – Analysis of qualitative data 10. The Master’s dissertation proposal

Semester 2

  • QXL-4432: Linguistics Research Methods
    1. The basics of research: Properties of good research (empirical methods, validity, falsifiability), aims, research questions and hypotheses, testing hypotheses (null & alternative hypothesis) – The empirical cycle 2. Constructs and operationalisation through variables; Sampling and validity 3. Types of methods: Quantitative, qualitative and mixed methodology 4. Experimental research design & basic statistical concepts (within- & between-subjects, power and effect size, parametric/non-parametric data) 5. Statistical concepts explained 6. Research methods (1): Questionnaire and survey design & data analysis 7. Research methods (2): Experimental design in language acquisition research & data analysis 8. Research methods (3): Corpus linguistics 9. Research methods (4): Qualitative research methods in linguistics: Linguistic Ethnography or Discourse Analysis – Analysis of qualitative data 10. The Master’s dissertation proposal

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  • QXL-4404: Language Contact & Bilinguals (20) (Semester 2)
    Representative topics will include: 1. the dynamics of language contact, 2. bilingual acquisition 3. speakers’ minds as a locus of contact 4. transfer effects in bilinguals, 5. language and social subordination, 6. language maintenance in minority language settings, 7. contact-induced language change.
  • QXL-4413: EFL Theory (20) (Semester 1)
    This module provides an overview of TEFL theory by examining a wide range of contexts in which language teaching and learning takes place. Topics will include the following: 1. The use of English within a global context. 2. Language awareness in the classroom. 3. English teaching methodologies in the classroom context. 4. Analysis of teaching English to speakers of other languages based on research articles and DVD material: affective factors and classroom interaction. 5. Implementing and evaluating curriculum change.
  • QXL-4420: SLA and Language Teaching (20) (Semester 2)
    The topics covered in this module would be the following: 1. Background to SLA Research 2. Individual differences in L2 users and L2 learners 3. L1 transfer: Code-switching and Second Language Learning 4. Theories of L2 acquisition 5. The role of age in L2 acquisition 6. The goals of language teaching and assessment 7. The L2 user and the native speaker 8. Embedding SLA research into Language teaching
  • QXL-4449: Psycholinguistics (20) (Semester 2)
    This module provides an overview of how the mind and the brain process language. There are three goals for this course. The first goal is to introduce students to key findings and central debates in psycholinguistic research. The second goal is to provide students with the tools to critically examine the existing literature. The third goal is to equip the students with the ability to select appropriate experimental techniques for psycholinguistic studies and to be applied for their own research. The lectures will provide students with the “big picture”, i.e. central topics are summarized, important studies discussed and open questions outlined. In the tutorials, students discuss key studies in detail and reflect on methodologies, results and implications. The following topics will be covered: 1: Introduction to Language Science and what is psycholinguistics? 2: Speech production and comprehension 3: Word processing 4: Sentence processing 5: Discourse processing 6: Reference and non-literal language 7: Language Acquisition 8: Reading 9: Bilingualism 10: Aphasia 11: Right Hemisphere Language Functions

Optional Modules

20 credits from:

  • QXL-4413: EFL Theory (20) (Semester 1)
    This module provides an overview of TEFL theory by examining a wide range of contexts in which language teaching and learning takes place. Topics will include the following: 1. The use of English within a global context. 2. Language awareness in the classroom. 3. English teaching methodologies in the classroom context. 4. Analysis of teaching English to speakers of other languages based on research articles and DVD material: affective factors and classroom interaction. 5. Implementing and evaluating curriculum change.
  • QXL-4443: Language and Communication (20) (Semester 2)
    1. Theories and models of communication 2. Principles of communication and miscommunication 3. Methods of discourse analysis 4. Communication channels 5. Contexts and areas of communication 6. Public contexts (e.g., media, journalism, political, or scientific discourse) 7. Communication in the internet 8. Classroom discourse 9. Casual contexts 10. Situated and task-based interaction
  • QXL-4447: Language Change (20) (Semester 1)
    The following are representative topics: 1) The History of Grammaticalization. 2) Lexicalization: Lexical Constructionalism. 3) Mechanisms of Change (Reanalysis and Analogy). 4) Pragmatic factors. 5) The Hypothesis of Unidirectionality. 6) Clause-Internal Morphological Changes. 7) Grammaticalization across clauses. 8) Grammaticalization in Situations of Extreme Language Contact. 9) Some Basic issues in Grammaticalization and Construction Grammar. 10) Idioms and Formulaicity.
  • QCL-4470: Agweddau ar Ddwyieithrwydd (20) (Semester 1)
    • Cymru a’r Gymraeg yn y cyd-destun dwyieithog • Diffinio dwyieithrwydd • Dwyieithrwydd unigol vs. dwyieithrwydd cymdeithasol • Caffael iaith mewn cyd-destun dwyieithog • Addysg ddwyieithog yng Nghymru a thu hwnt • Polisïau iaith yn y cyd-destun dwyieithog Cymreig • Cyfnewid côd o safbwynt cymdeithasol a gramadegol • Agweddau seicoieithyddol o ddwyieithrwydd • Agweddau pobl ar ddwyieithrwydd ac ieithoedd lleiafrifol • Newid iaith, marwolaeth iaith a dyfodol y Gymraeg
  • QXL-4475: Historical Linguistics (20) (Semester 1)
    This module explores the field of historical linguistics and philology from both a theoretical and a practical viewpoint. Students will learn about theories of language change and will learn to critically evaluate studies of historical language change. They will also acquire practical skills in identifying the origins of words and grammar in languages that they know. Lectures will introduce students to the big picture and will provide them with concrete and theoretical examples of the topics being discussed, while seminars will be an opportunity to go deeper into the topics in a student-led pedagogical manner. While the lecturer will provide examples of language change (etc.) from his own experiences, students will be highly encouraged to explore languages of their own choice that they find interesting so as to find their own examples of the kinds of changes being learnt about. The following topics will be covered in the lectures and seminars: • Introduction to historical linguistics and philology, and a history of the field • Etymology and exploring Proto-Indo European • Sound change • Semantic change • Syntactic and morphological change • Reconstructive analysis and the comparative method • Issues in Germanic Philology • Issues in Celtic Philology • Historical Linguistics versus contemporary Linguistics (issues in data collation/collection and analysis)
  • QXL-4477: Using Corpora: Theory&Practice (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    This module introduces students to the theoretical and practical issues of using corpora in linguistic studies and helps them to develop the background, knowledge and skills needed in order to develop and utilize a corpus based approach in their own research projects. The goals of this module are two-fold. First the students will be introduced and become familiar with the technical aspects of course based approaches and research. Then, attention will be directed to looking at how corpora and corpuses based approaches are used in a range of linguistic and language oriented studies. The lectures will provide students with the “big picture”, i.e. different research domains will be explored, central topics are summarized, important studies discussed and open questions outlined. In the tutorials, students discuss key studies in detail and reflect on methodologies, results and implications. The following topics will be covered: 1. Introducing corpus linguistics, corpus design, types of corpora and corpus annotation 2. Corpus analysis: concordance, wordlist, keyword analysis 3. Integrating stats and making statistic claims 4. Corpora in grammatical studies 5. Corpora in diachronic studies 6. Metaphor and Corpus Linguistics (A. Deignan) 7. Corpus Approaches to Critical Metaphor Analysis (J. Charteris-Black) 8. Corpora in critical discourse analysis (C. Hart) 9. Corpora language variation research 10. Corpora in sociolinguistic studies 11. Corpora in language education - focus on TEFL.

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  • QXS-9002: Academic Writing & Grammar (1) (Semester 1)
  • QXS-9003: Ad. Vocabulary Use & Reading (1) (Semester 2)
    This course is suitable for Non-native speakers of English with an IELTS of less than 7.0 It is a non-credit bearing equivalent to module QXS4003
  • QXS-9004: Academic Writing and Grammar 2 (Semester 2)
    This module develops more effective postgraduate academic writing skills for overseas students to enable them to write up their own research effectively, appropriately and correctly. Writing skills There will be particular emphasis on the structure of postgraduate writing texts with a focus on planning, introduction, literature review, methodology, results, discussion and conclusion sections. Critical thinking and referencing skills, synthesis, paraphrasing, register, citation, proof-reading, editing and subject specific skills will also be included on the course. Grammar skills Essential grammar skills for postgraduate writing will be reviewed including article use, connectors, sentence structure, noun phrases, subject verb agreement, preposition use, subject/verb agreement and relative clauses. Reading Skills for Writing A wide variety of academic reading texts will be used to enhance reading, grammar and writing skills. It is a non-credit bearing equivalent to module QXS4004
  • QXS-9100: Speaking & Listening (1) (Semester 1)
    Course suitable for non native Speakers of English with an IELTS of less than 7.0 This is a non-credit bearing equivalent to module QXS4100
  • Non-native English speakers must take zero-credit modules with ELCOS to help with their English (unless exempted by their tutor). This should be discussed with the tutor in Welcome Week.