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COM 307: Language and Literacy Development

Course Description

This course will focus on the linguistic components of literacy development and the significant role that both speech and language play within this development. Students will examine characteristics of delayed and disordered literacy development, and their link to speech and language development. Students will examine each of the 5 components of language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics) as they relate to literacy development. Students will be exposed to evidence-based intervention methods for delayed and disordered literacy development and the role of the speech language assistant within the prevention and intervention processes. (3 credits)

Prerequisites

  • COM 102: Introduction to Language and Communication Development
  • COM 103: SLPA Standards and Practices
  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Recognize the foundation that spoken language provides to the pre-literacy skills and the overall development of reading and writing.
  2. Evaluate the reciprocal connection between spoken language and written language.
  3. Explain how spoken language problems impact a child when learning how to read and write.
  4. Explain how reading and writing problems impact a child's spoken language.
  5. Discuss how to foster language acquisition for the purposes of preventing literacy problems.
  6. Analyze the connection between the 5 components of language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics) and the 5 precepts of literacy (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension).
  7. Distinguish the differences between preventative approaches, early intervention approaches, and the evidence based intervention approaches used in collaborative service delivery for language literacy skills, including those used in the Response to Intervention (CT: SRBI) tiers.
  8. Describe specific learning activities that facilitate development of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics as they relate to literacy development.
  9. Evaluate the role of the SLP and the SLPA in preventative approaches, early intervention approaches, and the evidence based intervention approaches used in collaborative service delivery for language literacy skills, including those used in the Response to Intervention (CT: SRBI) tiers.
  10. Interpret the collaborative literacy team approach.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

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Course Activities and Grading

Assignments
Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

20%

Quizzes (Weeks 1, 2 & 7)

15%

Midterm Exam (Week 5)

20%

Research Paper (Week 7)

15%

Comprehensive Final Exam (Week 8)

30%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Moats, L.C. (2010). Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers. 2nd ed. Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD. ISBN-10: 1598570501 or ISBN-13: 9781598570502
  • Moats, L.C., Rosow, B. L. (2011). Speech to Print Workbook: Language Exercises for Teachers. 2nd ed. Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD. ISBN-10: 1598571621 or ISBN-13: 9781598571622

Additional Required Materials

The following materials will be provided in Blackboard:

  • Scholarly articles

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1-4, 7,8,10

Topic: Overview of the Study of Language

  • Readings:
    • Textbook - Chapter 1, pp. 1-24
    • ASHA documents (located in course)
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Brief Survey of Language Knowledge (non-graded)
  • Complete Comprehensive Survey of Language Knowledge (non-graded)

2

1,3,6

Topic: The Sounds in Speech

  • Readings:
    • Textbook - Chapter 2, pp. 25-45
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Quiz 1
  • Complete Speech to Print Workbook exercises 1-17 (pp. 17-42)

3

1,2,6-9

Topic: Phonology - Studying the rules that govern how we combine our speech sounds

  • Readings:
    • “Elements of Reading: Phonics & Phonemic Awareness” (located in course)
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Quiz 2

4

1-3,8,9

Topic: Phonological Processing

  • Readings:
    • Textbook - Chapter 3, pp. 47-77
    • additional articles in course
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Speech to Print Workbook exercises 18-34 (pp. 53-73) (non-graded but strongly recommended)

5

1,2,7-9

Topic: The Link Between Phoneemes and Graphemes

  • Readings:
    • Textbook - Chapter 4, pp. 79-116
    • LSHSS Moats & Smith Derivational Morphology Document (located in course)
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Midterm Exam
  • Complete Speech to Print Workbook exercises 35-48 (pp. 85-120) (non-graded but strongly recommended)
Midterm Exam
SLOs 1-4, 6-9

6

1,2,5-9

Topics: Morphology & Syntax: How Word Parts and Sentence Parts Work

  • Readings:
    • Textbook - Chapter 5, pp. 117-152
    • Textbook - Chapter 6, pp. 153-173
    • SRBI Vocabulary Instruction Strategies document (located in course)
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Speech to Print Workbook exercises 49-69, including Introductory Self-Assessment (pp. 139-176) (non-graded but strongly recommended)
  • Complete Speech to Print Workbook exercises 68-79 (pp. 195-216) (non-graded but strongly recommended)

7

1,3,5-10

Topic: Semantics - Teaching Word Meaning & the Progression of Literacy Instruction

  • Readings:
    • Textbook - Chapter 7, pp. 175-197
    • Textbook - Chapter 8, pp. 199-222
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Quiz 3
  • Submit Research Paper
  • Complete Speech to Print workbook exercises 80-94 (pp. 225-239 and 247-252) (non-graded but strongly recommended)

8

1-10

Topics: Case Studies: Putting it All Together and Final Exam

  • Readings:
    • none
  • Participate in discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Final Exam
  • Complete course evaluation

Final Exam
SLOs 1-10

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