2023-2024 / LOGO5005-1

Oral language acquisition


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in French and Romance languages and literatures : French as a foreign language (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in linguistics (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Bachelor in psychology and education : speech and language therapy3 crédits 
 Master in education (120 ECTS)4 crédits 


Elise Brassart, Christelle Maillart


Christelle Maillart

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course is an introduction to developmental psycholinguistics, i.e. the field which deals with the way children learn the language. It is built around the following sections :


  • Language prerequis
  • Phonological development
  • Lexical development.
  • Morphosyntactic development.
  • discursive development.
  • Pragmatic development.
  • Theoretical approaches regarding language acquisition
  • Individual differences
  • Support to language development

Education in Speech and Language Therapy is based on a repertoire of individual skills. This course supports SLT education. 

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the session, students will be able

  • to describe the developmental trajectory of language;
  • to determine the language abilities of a child at a specific age ;
  • to identify the verbal or non verbal communication means used by a child ;
  • to recognize different experimental methods used in developmental psycholinguistics ;
  • to compare different theoretical frameworks used in language acquisition ;
  • to analyze research about child language acquisition;

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

2nd semester : 2H each wednesday 10H30 - 12H30,  B4 A304  + 30 min online exercices on e-campus. A podcast will be available.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Blended learning

Additional information:

In-person instruction + on line course

Recommended or required readings

 Daviault, D. (2011). L'émergence et le développement du langage chez l'enfant. Chenelière Education.
Kern, S. (2019). Le developpement du langage chez le jeune enfant. Editions De Boeck.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

Additional information:

A written examination will take place in June. The grade will include the following components:

50% - open questions 

40% multiple answer question

10% timeline

An optional assessment with an additional bonus point (added to the open questions part) is organised during the year. 

For the second session, the student will have to repeat both parts of the exam.


Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course and podcasts are available on e-campus.


Pr. Christelle Maillart

Department of Speech and Language Therapy - RUCHE
B38 Clinical Speech Therapy Unit

Quartier Village 2
30, rue de l'aunaie
B-4000 Liège (Sart Tilman)



Other teachers :  Elise Brassart (HERS)

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