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University of Vermont, CSD 094, Development of Spoken LanguageSummer 2013; K. Ross
UNIVERSITY of VERMONTContinuing EducationSpeech Language Pathologist’s Assistants Program
CSD 094: The Development of Spoken Language(3 Credits)Online Summer 2013
Instructor: Class Dates:
Kate Ross, MS, CCC-SLP June 17 July 12, 2013
Course Description
The Development of Spoken Language focuses on the nature of speech andlanguage development from infancy through school years. It examines thedevelopmental progression of phonology, syntax, semantics, morphology and pragmaticsas well as various theoretical perspectives on communication development. Theimportance of family and relationships in children’s acquisition of language isemphasized. This course will provide a discussion of children’s individual differences inacquiring communication, including cultural aspects of first and second languageacquisition. The connections between oral speech, language and early literacydevelopment are examined, leading to later literacy skills acquisition.
Course Objectives
This course will help students develop an understanding of:
the theories, processes, principles, and nature of communicationdevelopment,
the developmental progression of phonology, syntax, semantics,morphology, and pragmatics,
individual differences in communication acquisition,
the cultural and linguistic issues of second language acquisition,
the connections between oral speech, language and early literacydevelopment,
the developmental course of emergent literacy skills
Required Text and Readings
Hulit, Lloyd M., Merle R Howard, & Kathleen Fahey (2011).
 Born to Talk An Introduction to Speech and Language Development (5
Boston, MA: PearsonEducation, Inc.
Supplemental readings will be assigned throughout the course as needed.
Readings are to be completed
the day assigned to prepare for the lecture.
University of Vermont, CSD 094, Development of Spoken LanguageSummer 2013; K. Ross
Policy on Academic Honesty
Students are encouraged to review the University’s policy on academic honestydescribed in the
Cat’s Tale
to which they will be fully accountable in this course. Thiscan be found online at:http://www.uvm.edu/~dosa/handbook/?Page=Academic.html 
Student Accommodations
It is the responsibility of all students seeking disability accommodations to self-identify by contacting the appropriate Certifying Office and supplying adequate andcomprehensive documentation of the disability. Students are encouraged to self-identifyas early as possible. Accommodations cannot be made retroactively. For furtherinformation contact the ACCESS office (Accommodation, Consultation, Collaboration &Educational Support Services) at 802-656-7753 or online:http://www.uvm.edu/~access/  
Religious Holidays
Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. Students shouldsubmit in writing to the instructors by the end of the second full week of classes theirdocumented religious holiday schedule for the semester. Students who miss class work for the purpose of religious observance should make arrangements with the courseinstructor to make up any work that they might miss.
Student Course Evaluation
As a matter of professional responsibility, all students are expected to complete acourse/instructor evaluation at the end of the semester. Evaluations will be anonymousand confidential.
Copying Course Materials
Consistent with the University of Vermont’s policy on intellectual property rights,teaching and curricular materials (including but not limited to classroom lectures, notes,exams, handouts, and presentations) are the property of the instructor. Therefore,electronic recording and/or transmission of classes or class notes are prohibited withoutthe express written permission of the instructor. Such permission is to be consideredunique to the needs of an individual student (e.g. ADA compliance), and not a license forpermanent retention or electronic dissemination to others.
Expectations and Requirements and Late Assignments
Class participation is mandatory
 and will be evidenced through weekly online discussion groups, quizzes, and/or assignments.
The quality of work produced to fulfill  the course assignments will affect your grade. Late assignments will be graded  accordingly – one point will be deducted for each day late.
Disclosure of Grades
This course follows the guidelines of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
University of Vermont, CSD 094, Development of Spoken LanguageSummer 2013; K. Ross
Assignments (
Specific Assignment Instructions and Scoring Rubrics are includedwithin the assignment sections on Blackboard)
Weekly Discussion Groups (4 @ 25 points each = 100 points)
There will be weekly discussion boards through this semester. Relatedquestions to the week’s lectures/readings/power point will be posted onBlackboard on
Mondays at 8:00AM
. You are expected to respond to thatposting by
of that week. You will then post to two otherstudent’s responses by
Sundays at midnight
– creating a discussionthread
You may be placed in a small group situation to discuss specificinformation, still creating a discussion thread.
Due by Sunday each week.
Weekly Quiz (4 @ 25 points each = 100 points)
There will be four quizzes on weekly lectures/readings/power pointinformation. Quizzes will be of a short answer manner: multiple choice,true/false, and short essay.
Due by Sunday each week.
Communication Observation/Analysis of an 18 – 36 month old child (50 points)
You will observe an 18 – 36 month old child for at least one hour in a setting you choose(ex. home, childcare, preschool, summer camp). You will write a summary of yourobservation and analyze your findings relating to the information you’ve learned in classlectures & readings, along with outside research to support as needed.
Be sure toinclude information relating to receptive and expressive language, how the child relates to others, pragmatic skills, and cognition skills as they relate to communication and include in your summary how you feel the child is developing as a ‘whole child’.
An alternative is to watch the video entitled “Babies”.Choose one of the children to follow all the way through the movie.
This writtenreport will be at least 500 words.
DUE JULY 7, 2013
Speech-Language Connections to Literacy Development (50 points)
You will research and analyze the connections between oral speech,language and early literacy development (three methods of research areprovided on instructions). You will summarize your findings relating toinformation you’ve learned in class lectures/readings/power point, alongwith outside research to support as needed. The written report will be atleast 500 words.
DUE JULY 12, 2013Grading Summary:
Discussion Groups (4 @ 25 points each ………………………………………100
Quizzes (4 @ 25 points each)…………………………………………………..100
Communication Observation (8 -24 mo. old)..…..……………………………....50
Speech and Language Connections to Early Literacy.………………………......50

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