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ENGL2158 - Language processing and learning
Instructor(s)
Semester
2020-2021 First Semester
Credits
6.00
Contact Hours per week
3
Form of Assessment
100% coursework
Time
Monday , 5:30 pm - 6:20 pm , CPD-G.02
Thursday , 4:30 pm - 6:20 pm , CPD-G.02
Prerequisite
Passed 3 introductory courses (with at least one from both List A and List B).

The course provides an overview of the cognitive approach to language processing and learning. Students will gain a broad understanding of how different components of language (letters, words, sounds, syntax, and meaning) are processed and represented in monolinguals and bilinguals, how fundamental principles of learning and memory may be relevant to first and second language processing and learning, and how language patterns may be learnt without intention and awareness.

 

Topics

Cognitive approach to language processing and learning; priming; visual and spoken word recognition; connectionism; lexical and syntactic processing; bilingual advantage; representation of meaning and concepts; declarative/procedural knowledge and language learning; implicit and explicit language learning

 

Objectives

On completion of the course, students should be able to:

  1. understand major theoretical issues in the cognitive approach to language processing and learning
  2. explain important psycholinguistic phenomena with reference to relevant models
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the range of methodological approaches in language processing and learning research

 

Organisation

A two-hour lecture and an hour-long workshop every week

 

Assessment

  • Workshop exercises and participation (20%)
  • Mid-term quiz (30%)
  • Term essay (50%)

 

Texts

Recommended readings:      

  • Harley, T. A. (2014). The psychology of language: From data to theory (4th Ed). Psychology Press.
  • Traxler, M.J. (2012). Introduction to Psycholinguistics. Wiley-Blackwell.     
  • Warren, P. (2013). Introducing Psycholinguistics. Cambridge University Press.   
  • Rebuschat, P. (Ed.) (2015). Implicit and Explicit Learning of Languages. John Benjamins.

 

Additional readings will also be recommended throughout the course.


Instructor(s)
Semester
2020-2021 First Semester
Credits
6.00
Contact Hours per week
3
Form of Assessment
100% coursework
Time
Monday , 5:30 pm - 6:20 pm , CPD-G.02
Thursday , 4:30 pm - 6:20 pm , CPD-G.02
Prerequisite
Passed 3 introductory courses (with at least one from both List A and List B).