Fall 2020 - LING 350 D100

First Language Acquisition (3)

Class Number: 2474

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    One of LING 301W, 309W or 482W.



Introduction to the study of language acquisition from the point of view of linguistic structure. Students who have taken LING 250 may not take this course for further credit.


This course provides an introduction to the study of language acquisition in infants and young children. Topics to be explored include the acquisition of phonetic and phonological patterns, word learning and the acquisition of morphological patterns (e.g., English past tense), as well as the beginnings of syntactic and semantic knowledge. The course will also investigate some examples of atypical language development, bilingualism / second-language learning in children. Both theoretical approaches and methodology will be covered, and there is also a final project that is meant to help you practice applying concepts from the course with future activities involving young children in our community (i.e., designing hands-on demonstrations showing language learning). Synchronous parts of the course will be recorded, and are optional.

Mode of instruction: Remote
Mode of delivery: Blended
If Blended: 1 hour per week
Days and times of live online interaction: Wednesdays @ 2pm PST
Rough estimate of what each module will contain: A typical week is ~1hr of recorded lectures, ~30 minutes of quizzes or assignments, ~1hr synchronous class time, and 1-2 course readings

Instruction take place through pre-recorded lectures and all materials available on Canvas, but there are also online meetings for which participation is mandatory.

Office Hours: By appointment
Mode of major exams: Take home or timed Canvas assignments
Platform(s) used: Canvas, Blackboard collaborate Ultra
Tech required: Laptop, Internet, microphone

This course will have a Reading Break during the week of October 12 (Thanksgiving week).There will be no synchronous (in real time) classes or tutorials, recordings, exams, or assignments due this week.


  • Homework 18%
  • Final Exam 18%
  • Final Project I 19%
  • Quizzes 22%
  • Participation/Course Engagement 3%
  • Final Written Project 20%


It is strongly recommended that you see the Student Advisor regarding your degree requirements at least two semesters before you plan to graduate.  Unless you meet both faculty and major/minor requirements, your graduation cannot be approved.

Students should familiarize themselves with the Department's Standards on Class Management and Student Responsibilities at http://www.sfu.ca/linguistics/undergraduate/standards.html.

Please note that a grade of “FD” (Failed-Dishonesty) may be assigned as a penalty for academic dishonesty.

All student requests for accommodations for their religious practices must be made in writing by the end of the first week of classes or no later than one week after a student adds a course.

Students requiring accommodations as a result of a disability must contact the Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca).



No textbook; articles provided on Canvas. Students may need to refer to a standard textbook introduction to Linguistics.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).