Children, language and languages (Childhood)

UEL Children, language and languages (Childhood)

This module will address two dimensions of children and language relationships: questions on acquiring the language from a very young age and questions on the ways in which children imagine linguistic diversity, before actually establishing the language through didactic approaches.

1. Children dealing with their language: learning or acquiring? (10 hours) How do children learn to speak? Does the process require substantial effort from the child and from his/her family circle? Or is it a quasi-automatic process of development that happens spontaneously? To answer these questions, the major phases in language development in children will be presented as well as the progression made between these phases and the major models that attempt to provide explanations.

2. Children dealing with linguistic diversity: didactic approaches and imagination (10 hours). How do children imagine linguistic diversity? What is their perception of multilingual speakers? What does this express in terms of the relationship between languages and learning them? Following a presentation of research work carried out on these subjects, we will address the possible definitions of multilingusim and different didactic approaches that are likely to develop it.

Assessment methods
Ongoing assessment.

(Code = XL3LET14)