Fall 2022 - LING 350 D100

First Language Acquisition (3)

Class Number: 3560

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SWH 10051, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

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



Introduction to the study of language acquisition from the point of view of linguistic structure.


This course provides an introduction to the study of language acquisition, exploring research findings regarding children’s acquisition of phonological, morphological, syntactic, discoursal, and semantic systems. Although the course will focus on the description of acquisition patterns, we will also examine theoretical approaches and empirical methodology. Students will apply their knowledge to account for a couple children’s language acquisition over time using the CHILDES database, and we will conclude the course with a literature review on a relevant topic of their choosing.


MODE OF DELIVERY: In Person Lectures, PDFs and Slides on Canvas


TECHNOLOGY REQUIRED: Access to Canvas on a phone or laptop.


  • Participation and In-Class Activities 10%
  • Short Quizzes 40%
  • CHILDES Project 25%
  • Literature Review 25%
  • No Final Exam


To receive a passing grade on any assignment, the quality of writing must be evaluated as at least LPI Level Four. The following modified descriptions will be used:

Level Four: The writing is marred by only one type of deficiency: it may be thinly developed, repetitive, or weak in overall structure; it may contain unvaried, loose or faulty sentence structure; or its word choice may be inaccurate, inappropriate, or unidiomatic (that is, it may use expressions that are not found in standard English usage).

Level Three: Essays are placed at level three if they have many errors in sentence structure and vocabulary, or if they are weak in content and badly organized.  Also placed at level three are essays with a high density of errors in the use of articles, the plurals of nouns, the form and tense of verbs, subject-verb agreement, and the English idiom.

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



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Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students should familiarize themselves with the Department's Standards on Class Management and Student Responsibilities.

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.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website 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