PSY4206 – Language Acquisition

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Course content

The course provides in-depth analyses of scientific knowledge (classical and recent, theoretical and empirical) about language acquisition from the perspectives of psychological and developmental sciences. A large range of cognitive and language phenomena (typical and abnormal) as well as scientific theories and methods will be examined. Language assessments and investigation methods will equip students with applied knowledge in the field of language acquisition and speech therapy.

Learning outcome


You should have:

  • In-depth knowledge about language acquisition from the perspectives of psychological and developmental sciences
  • Extensive knowledge about various scientific methods used to research language development
  • Applied knowledge about language assessment Tools.


You should be able:

  • To conduct and report an advanced theoretical research on language acquisition within the fields of psychological and developmental Sciences.
  • Be able to select appropriate language assessment tools

General competence

You should be able:

  • To analyse the validity and ethics of scientific research
  • To communicate the results of scientific research
  • To think critically and reflectively


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

The course is an elective for students in Masterprogrammet i psykologi. Students coming via exchange, ERASMUS/NORDPLUS, can also apply to take this course.


Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with PSY4201 – Kommunikasjon og språk (discontinued)


Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Presentation of a scientific article (provided during the exam), in English. Preparation: 1h. Presentation: 10min. Discussion: 10min. 

2 mandatory activities during the course (uploading documents to Canvas).

Examination support material

Personal notes taken during preparation are allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.

See also our information about resitting an exam.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






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