Postgraduate Course: Language and Communication (EDUA11240)
|Moray House School of Education
|College of Humanities and Social Science
|Available to all students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)
|SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Home subject area
|Other subject area
|Taught in Gaelic?
|This course will introduce participants to key issues in relation to language learning and deafness. It should enable participants to take an informed view of what remains a controversial area within Deaf Education. The course will focus on the deaf individual's linguistic potential and the practical ways of enabling linguistic access. The course will examine the nature and acquisition of both signed and spoken language and their use within Deaf Education.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|At the end of this course, course members should be able to demonstrate:
1. An awareness of the linguistic potential of deaf pupils and the possible barriers to linguistic access;
2. An understanding of key differences and similarities between spoken and signed language;
3. An understanding of the processes of signed and spoken language acquisition;
4. An informed understanding of the different approaches to language within Deaf Education, including monolingual and bi/multi-lingual approaches;
5. A critical awareness of different types of linguistic assessment; the ability to interpret the results of such assessments and some ability to carry out some forms of assessment and to make use of linguistic observations;
6. A familiarity with approaches, techniques and resources, including technological resources, which can support the deaf child's language use.
|Course members will produce one assignment of 4,000 words or two assignments, each of 2,000 words / 25 minutes of signing. Each assignment will involve a case study of a deaf pupil or student. The case studies will make use of a range of observational and assessment evidence, some of which ideally should be collected or administered by the teacher. The evidence is also likely to include reports from speech and language therapists, educational psychologists, classroom teachers and/or teachers of deaf children. Each account will evaluate individual's current level of communicative competence (including both comprehension and production) and suggest actions which may be taken to support future linguistic development.
|a. Acquisition of first language(s) in hearing and deaf children
b. Analysing grammatical and semantic development in spoken English
c. British Sign Language in hearing and deaf families: grammatical and semantic analysis
d. Different approaches to language development with deaf children: oral / aural; Total Communication; sign bilingual.
e. Using assessment tools with deaf children: STASS, Tait video analysis, BSL Receptive skills, MacArthur Bates Index
|Students will gain knowledge about languages, both BSL and English.
|language acquisition deaf children
|Ms Rachel O'Neill
Tel: (0131 6)51 6429
|Mrs Susan Scott
Tel: (0131 6)51 6573