Gold CoastSession 2Session 2

Unit description

Develops core skills required for speech pathologists working across the range of practice areas: speech, language, voice, fluency, multi-modal communication, swallowing. Students will use the International Phonetic Alphabet to guide description and transcription of speech. Students will develop knowledge across linguistic disciplines to develop skills in systematic description and analysis of language. Students will practice skills in the context of speakers of Australian English, and other varieties of English, including speakers for whom English is an additional language.

Unit content

Teaching content will be divided across two modules: i) Phonetics; and ii) Linguistics.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Burridge, K & Stebbins, TN, 2016, For the love of language: An introduction to linguistics, 1st edn, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, VIC. ISBN: 978-1-107-61883-1.
  • McAllister, J & Miller, JE, 2013, Introductory linguistics for speech and language therapy practice, John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, NJ. ISBN: 978-0-470-67110-8.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Lecture online 1 hours (12 weeks)
In-class test15%
Listening test15%
Exam: closed book40%

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