About This Course Pack
This course will provide students with the fundamentals of linguistic and psycholinguistic theory. Students will explore the nature of language and learn about the basic components studied by psycholinguists. They will also gain an understanding of language development as well as the biological basis of language. Language processes such as comprehension, reading, and speaking will also be explored, along with the current models of comprehension and production.
Unit topics include the history and significance of linguistics, the sounds of language, the parts of speech, the biological basis of language, learning to speak, bilingualism, visual language, reading, and speaking.
This course has been designed for three course hours a week over a 12-week semester and is aligned with the open textbook Psychology of Language by Dinesh Ramoo.
In each of the 9 units of this course, you will find a facilitation plan, lecture slides, and discussion topics. Student activities include H5P formative assessments, exercises in critical thinking, and living language activities.
Assessment for this course is intended to be based on one midterm exam, a final exam, and an assignment broken into three stages.
- Generalize current models of reading to Indigenous and other languages.
- Interpret the evidence around dyslexia in explaining aspects of the dual-route model of reading.
- Examine the evidence for speech production models.
- Define the characteristics of language and language families.
- Recognize the language families of Canada.
- Explain the basic principles of experimental and neuroimaging techniques used in psycholinguistics.
- Identify the units of language.
- Identify syllables as units of speech and the rules of syllabification.
- Understand the biological basis of language.
- Understand the neuroanatomy of language.
- Describe bilingualism and models of bilingualism.
- Summarize the stages of language production.
- Categorize the various writing systems used around the world.
- Appraise the evidence for current psycholinguistic models of reading.