JAPN 258
Language and Literacy Development Spring 2019 Division I; Cross-listed as PSYC258 / JAPN258

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Language is uniquely a human function and fundamental to one’s participation in society. Children learn to talk in the first three years of life at an impressive speed. However, in order to successfully participate in academic and social life, it is critical for one to develop literacy skills. Learning to read is a multifaceted process that involves various cognitive resources. This course is an introduction to language development and literacy acquisition in first language and in a cross-linguistic environment including Japanese, Chinese and English. Linguistic concepts such as phonology, syntax and morphology will be introduced as we discuss the acquisition processes. Questions to be addressed include: How does a child develop oral language from birth? How does a child learn the meaning of words? How is learning to talk and read similar or different across various languages? How is learning to read different from learning to speak? How “natural” is it to learn to read?
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 3386
Requirements/Evaluation: active participation in the class discussion, weekly reaction paper, quiz, final paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Japanese , Chinese , Asian Studies, and Psychology majors
Department Notes: Psychology majors, this course counts as a 200-level elective in psychology but does not count as one of the three 200-level courses for the major; for Asian Studies, Chinese, and Japanese majors, this course counts as a comparative requirement course
Distributions: Division I;
Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under JAPN; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under PSYC
Attributes: Linguistics

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