Language and Communication
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-PSB2SP25E
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Psychology;
prof. dr. K.M. Lemhöfer
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. A.P.A. Roelofs
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. A.P.A. Roelofs
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. A.P.A. Roelofs
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. A.P.A. Roelofs
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2018
PER2  (05/11/2018 to 03/02/2019)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
At the end of the course, you will be able to
(1) describe and apply basic theoretical concepts in language and communication (EK 1, 2, 3)
(2) explain, evaluate, and apply theories of first and second language production, comprehension, and acquisition (EK 1, 2, 3)
(3) explain basic acquired and developmental language disorders, and their assessment and remediation (EK 1, 2, 3)
(4) write a well-structured and convincing essay on one of the courses’ central topics in language and communication (EK 5, 6)
Language is the species-specific communication system of humans, one of our most precious and uniquely human capacities. Without language, modern society is not possible. In case of developmental or acquired language disorders, the language system does not operate properly, which greatly hampers a person’s communication and societal functioning. This course addresses what language is and how it differs from other forms of animal and human communication; how you acquire your native tongue or, later in life, a foreign language; how you comprehend and produce spoken, written, and sign language; how language is underpinned by your brain; and how language use is hampered by developmental disorder or brain disease, and how the type of language disorder is assessed.

The course is subdivided into seven central topics:
1. Foundations of language and communication (prof. dr. A. Roelofs)
2. Psychological language processes (prof. dr. A. Roelofs)
3. Language and the brain (prof. dr. A. Roelofs)
4. Language disorders (prof. dr. A. Roelofs)
5. First language acquisition (dr. K. Lemhöfer)
6. Second language learning (dr. K. Lemhöfer)
7. Second language processing (dr. K. Lemhöfer)

Exam information:
Individual exam.
Additional comments
Specialty Courses are admissible for Psychology students only. Further information: see Course enrolment in the General Information section.

• Psychology students who are admitted to the second year (B2)

Required materials
Course guide
Student manual Language and Communication
Articles and excerpts from chapters of books will be announced later.

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Response course

Working group
Attendance MandatoryYes

Open answer questions
Test weight70
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock PER2, Block PER3

Test weight30
Test typeEssay
OpportunitiesBlock PER2, Block PER3