Additional Program Opportunities

Language Acquisition Program


This interdisciplinary program focuses on the scientific exploration of language acquisition by different kinds of learners in diverse contexts. Students in the Language Acquisition Program are introduced to theoretical and methodological issues on language acquisition from the perspectives of cognitive neuroscience, theoretical linguistics, psycholinguistics, education, communication sciences and disorders, and neuropsychology.

 

Program Requirements


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

    Offered by:Psychology
    Degree:Doctor of Philosophy

Program Requirement:

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)


    • LING 710 Language Acquisition Issues 2 2 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 701 Doctoral Comprehensive Exam
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 709 Language Acquisition Issues 1 2 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • SCSD 712 Language Acquisition Issues 4 2 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer


    Complementary Courses

    15-32 credits

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


    • PSYC 710 Compar&Physiological Psych 1 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 711 Compar&Physiological Psych 2 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 712 Compar&Physiological Psych 3 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 713 Compar&Physiological Psych 4 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 714 Compar&Physiological Psych 5 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 715 Compar&Physiological Psych 6 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 718 Learning & Motivation 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 722 Personality&Social Psychology 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 723 Personality&Social Psychology 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 724 Personality&Social Psychology 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 725 Personality&Social Psychology 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 727 Personality&Social Psychology 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 728 Ethics and Professional Issues 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 729 Theory of Assessment 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 730 Clinical Neuroscience Methods 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 732D1 Clinical Psychology 1 1.5 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 732D2 Clinical Psychology 1 1.5 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 733D1 Clinical Psychology 2 1.5 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 733D2 Clinical Psychology 2 1.5 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 734 Developmental Psych & Language 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 735 Developmental Psych & Language 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 736 Developmental Psych & Language 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 740 Perception & Cognition 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 741 Perception & Cognition 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 742 Perception & Cognition 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 743 Perception & Cognition 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 744 Perception & Cognition 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 746 Quantitative&Indiv Difference 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 747 Quantitative&Indiv Difference 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 748 Quantitative&Indiv Difference 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 749 Quantitative&Indiv Difference 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 752D1 Psychotherapy&Behaviour Change 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 752D2 Psychotherapy&Behaviour Change 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 753 Health Psychology Seminar 1 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 754 Health Psychology Seminar 2 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 755 Health Psychology Seminar 3 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 756 Health Psychology Seminar 4 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer


    At least 3 credits selected from the following list:


    • EDSL 620 Social Justice Issues in SLE 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • EDSL 623 Second Language Learning 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • EDSL 624 Educational Sociolinguistics 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • EDSL 627 Instrd 2nLang Acquis'n Resrch 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • EDSL 629 Second Language Assessment 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • EDSL 632 L2 Literacy Development 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • LING 555 Language Acquisition 2 3 CreditsTaught only in alternate years
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • LING 590 Lang. Acquisition & Breakdown 3 CreditsTaught only in alternate years
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • LING 651 Topics in Acquis of Phonology 3 CreditsTaught only in alternate years
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • LING 655 Theory of L2 Acquisition 3 CreditsTaught only in alternate years
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • LING 751 Advanced Sem.: Experimental 1 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • LING 752 Advanced Sem.: Experimental 2 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 545 Topics in Language Acquisition 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 735 Developmental Psych & Language 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • SCSD 619 Phonological Development 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • SCSD 632 Phonological Disorders:Childrn 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • SCSD 633 Language Development 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • SCSD 637 Devlpmntl Lang Disorders 1 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • SCSD 643 Devlpmntl Lang Disorders 2 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • SCSD 652 Advanced Research Seminar 1 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • SCSD 653 Advanced Research Seminar 2 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • SCSD 654 Advanced Research Seminar 3 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer


    0-2 from the following:


    • EDSL 711 Language Acquisition Issues 3 2 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer


    0-3 credits of statistics from the following list:


    • EDPE 676 Intermediate Statistics 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • EDPE 682 Univariate/Multivariate Anal 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • LING 620 Experimental Ling.: Methods 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 650 Advanced Statistics 1 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PSYC 651 Advanced Statistics 2 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    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):


      • PSYC 650 Advanced Statistics 1 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

      • PSYC 651 Advanced Statistics 2 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

      • PSYC 660D1 Psychology Theory 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

      • PSYC 660D2 Psychology Theory 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

      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.