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Postgraduate Course: Language and Communication (EDUA11240)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 12/01/2015
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 16, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 2, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 4, Online Activities 60, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 60, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 53 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 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.
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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.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will gain knowledge about languages, both BSL and English.
Keywordslanguage acquisition deaf children
Course organiserMs Rachel O'Neill
Tel: (0131 6)51 6429
Course secretaryMrs Susan Scott
Tel: (0131 6)51 6573
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