Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Psychology: Language Acquisition

Offered by: Psychology     Degree: Doctor of Philosophy

Program Requirements

Students must satisfy all program requirements for the Ph.D. in Psychology. The Ph.D. thesis must be on a topic relating to language acquisition.

Thesis

A thesis for the doctoral degree must constitute original scholarship and must be a distinct contribution to knowledge. It must show familiarity with previous work in the field and must demonstrate ability to plan and carry out research, organize results, and defend the approach and conclusions in a scholarly manner. The research presented must meet current standards of the discipline; as well, the thesis must clearly demonstrate how the research advances knowledge in the field. Finally, the thesis must be written in compliance with norms for academic and scholarly expression and for publication in the public domain.

Required Courses (6 credits)

Complementary Courses

15-32 credits

12 credits (one course per term in Year 2 and Year 3) chosen from the following list:

At least 3 credits selected from the following list:

  • EDSL 620 Social Justice Issues in Second Language Education (3 credits)

    Offered by: Integrated Studies in Ed (Faculty of Education)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Education in Second Languages : An examination of social identity, non-dominant languages, and power relations among speakers, and their impact on the nature of second/additional language teaching, learning and use, from the perspective of critical applied linguistics. Topics range from the micro level of the individual to the macro level of language planning and policy-making.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

  • EDSL 623 Second Language Learning (3 credits)

    Offered by: Integrated Studies in Ed (Faculty of Education)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Education in Second Languages : Seminar in second language acquisition theory and research and their relevance to teaching a second language.

    Terms: Fall 2022

    Instructors: Galante, Angelica (Fall)

    • Fall

  • EDSL 624 Educational Sociolinguistics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Integrated Studies in Ed (Faculty of Education)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Education in Second Languages : Seminar in the social, cultural and political dimensions of English second language learning and teaching.

    Terms: Fall 2022

    Instructors: Riches, Caroline Joan (Fall)

    • Fall

  • EDSL 627 Instructed Second Language Acquisition Research (3 credits)

    Offered by: Integrated Studies in Ed (Faculty of Education)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Education in Second Languages : Seminar in second language classroom-centred research focusing on instructional procedures and practices in relationship to learning outcomes.

    Terms: Fall 2022

    Instructors: Mueller, Caroline (Fall)

  • EDSL 632 Second Language Literacy Development (3 credits)

    Offered by: Integrated Studies in Ed (Faculty of Education)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Education in Second Languages : Theory and research related to the teaching and learning of second language literacy. The orientation is on reading and writing as a socio-cognitive activity.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    • Fall

  • LING 651 Topics in Acquisition of Phonology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Linguistics : An examination of theoretically informed work on the first language acquisition of phonology.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: LING 331 or LING 631 or permission of instructor. A course in language acquisition is highly recommended.

  • LING 655 Theory of L2 Acquisition (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Linguistics : Interlanguage grammars and the role of Universal Grammar in second language acquisition.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: LING 671 or permission of instructor.

  • LING 751 Advanced Seminar: Experimental 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Linguistics : An advanced seminar on current experimental research in linguistics. Topic varies by year.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

  • LING 752 Advanced Seminar: Experimental 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Linguistics : An advanced seminar on current experimental research in linguistics. Topic varies by year.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

  • PSYC 545 Topics in Language Acquisition (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Psychological mechanisms and theories of first language acquisition in infancy and early childhood. Topics such as: infant speech perception, acquisition of grammar, word learning, pidgin and Creole languages, critical and sensitive periods, genetic and evolutionary bases of language.

    Terms: Fall 2022

    Instructors: Onishi, K (Fall)

    • Fall

  • PSYC 735 Developmental Psychology and Language (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Psychology : Advanced area seminar on a topic in developmental psychology and language.

    Terms: Fall 2022, Winter 2023

    Instructors: Onishi, K (Fall)

  • SCSD 619 Phonological Development (3 credits)

    Offered by: Commun Sciences & Disorders (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Communication Sci & Disorders : Theories and research related to normal and abnormal phonological development in children will be studied.

    Terms: Fall 2022

    Instructors: MacGrath, Laura; Rvachew, Susan (Fall)

  • SCSD 632 Phonological Disorders: Children (3 credits)

    Offered by: Commun Sciences & Disorders (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Communication Sci & Disorders : The nature of phonological disorders and clinical approaches for their remediation in children will be presented.

    Terms: Winter 2023

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

  • SCSD 637 Developmental Language Disorders 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Commun Sciences & Disorders (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Communication Sci & Disorders : The nature of developmental language disorders and the assessment of language competence and performance in both speaking and non-speaking children will be studied.

    Terms: Fall 2022

    Instructors: Knecht, Stacey; Rioux, Eve (Fall)

  • SCSD 643 Developmental Language Disorders 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Commun Sciences & Disorders (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Communication Sci & Disorders : Major theories of language disorders are translated into intervention principles used in language treatment programs. Adaptations of intervention techniques to suit specific disorders (including augmentative communication) will be explored.

    Terms: Winter 2023

    Instructors: Thordardottir, Elin; Ovadia, Amanda (Winter)

  • SCSD 652 Advanced Research Seminar 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Commun Sciences & Disorders (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Communication Sci & Disorders : Pro seminar in which current research topics in communication disorders will be discussed.

    Terms: Fall 2022, Winter 2023

    Instructors: Pell, Marc D (Winter)

    • This course may be taken as an advanced course for M.Sc. students.

  • SCSD 653 Advanced Research Seminar 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Commun Sciences & Disorders (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Communication Sci & Disorders : Pro seminar in which current research topics in communication disorders will be discussed.

    Terms: Fall 2022, Winter 2023

    Instructors: Pell, Marc D (Winter)

    • This course may be taken as an advanced course for M.Sc. students.

  • SCSD 654 Advanced Research Seminar 3 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Commun Sciences & Disorders (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Communication Sci & Disorders : Current research topics in communication sciences and disorders.

    Terms: Fall 2022, Winter 2023

    Instructors: Pell, Marc D (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

0-2 from the following:

  • EDPE 713 Language Acquisition Issues 5 (2 credits)

    Offered by: Educational&Counselling Psych (Faculty of Education)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Ed Psych & Couns (Psychology) : Seminar on language science controversies and their associating literature, and practical implications in education and learning in general.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

  • EDSL 711 Language Acquisition Issues 3 (2 credits)

    Offered by: Integrated Studies in Ed (Faculty of Education)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Education in Second Languages : Review of language acquisition issues.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

0-3 credits of statistics from the following list:

  • EDPE 676 Intermediate Statistics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Educational&Counselling Psych (Faculty of Education)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Ed Psych & Couns (Psychology) : Concepts and procedures of conducting basic descriptive and inferential statistics, including analysis of variance, correlation, and regression models. Provides experience with data-analysis tools.

    Terms: Fall 2022

    Instructors: Robinson, Kristy (Fall)

  • EDPE 682 Univariate/Multivariate Analysis (3 credits)

    Offered by: Educational&Counselling Psych (Faculty of Education)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Ed Psych & Couns (Psychology) : General linear model as a unified data analytic system for estimation and hypothesis testing that subsumes regression, analysis of variance, and analysis of covariance for single dependent variables. Introduction to generalizations involving multiple dependent (criterion) variables. Applications oriented toward education, educational psychology and counselling psychology. Experience with data-analysis tools.

    Terms: Winter 2023

    Instructors: Konishi, Chiaki (Winter)

  • LING 620 Experimental Linguistics: Methods (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Linguistics : Introduction to experimental research methods for linguists.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

  • PSYC 650 Advanced Statistics 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Psychology : A course in advanced statistics with specialization in experimental design.

    Terms: Fall 2022

    Instructors: Hwang, Heungsun (Fall)

  • PSYC 651 Advanced Statistics 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Psychology : A course in advanced statistics with specialization in multivariate techniques.

    Terms: Winter 2023

    Instructors: Falk, Carl (Winter)

Students who have taken an equivalent course in statistics will be deemed to have satisfied this requirement for the Language Acquisition Option.

These 3 credits are only required for students who have not previously taken an equivalent course in statistics.

0-12 credits from the following (students without a McGill master's degree need to take all 12 credits):

Note: The Department of Psychology does not ordinarily require an examination in a foreign language however, all students planning on practicing clinical psychology in the province of Quebec will be examined based on their proficiency in French before being admitted to the professional association.

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