Language Development in Infancy and Childhood (PSY 424)

2021 Fall
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Junko Kanero,
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PSY201 PSY301 PSY320
Formal lecture,Interactive lecture
Interactive,Learner centered,Communicative,Discussion based learning
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This course provides an overview of language development in infancy and childhood, from birth through the preschool years. We will go over the milestones and content of what children acquire including phonological, semantic, and syntactic skills. The main focus will be on typical monolingual development, we will also explore language development in children growing up with bilingual and multilingual backgrounds as well as with speech and other communicative issues. We will cover methodological as well as theoretical issues around language development in early years. The implications of research findings in education will also be discussed.


  • Abilities to read and critically analyze scientific articles concerning a variety of topics in language development.
  • Basic knowledge of research methods and techniques in language studies with infants and young children.
  • Basic knowledge of how to design experimental studies to assess language development.
  • Abilities to communicate research findings to others in understandable manners.


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 4

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 4

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 5

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 5

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 4

1. Develop knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in humanities and social sciences. 5

2. Assess how global, national and regional developments affect society. 4

3. Know how to access and evaluate data from various sources of information. 4

1. Develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the workings of human mind and behavior, and use this understanding to advance psychological theory, research and applications. 5

2. Analyze psychological phenomena critically and provide constructive analysis at the individual and the societal levels, and integrate with the professional life. 5

3. Consume and provide input for psychological literature by demonstrating proficiency in research design, methods, and statistical analyses, computing skills, and ethical standards; and develop a habit of expressing these with advanced oral and written skills; share in national and international platforms. 5


  Percentage (%)
Assignment 15
Participation 15
Written Report 40
Presentation 20
Other 10