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Course SummaryTake Communications 302 to learn about the history and development of human language. This self-paced online course contains short lessons and assessments that are designed to improve your understanding of human language for upcoming exams, class assignments, homework or fun.
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This comprehensive communications course outlines the history of human language through a series of concise and engaging lessons. As you progress through the course's chapters, you'll learn about the development and spread of human language, as well as the basics of language theory, acquisition, influences, disorders and treatments.
The course is taught by subject matter experts who use a simplified instructional style. Use the Ask the Expert feature if you have any questions, and be sure to take the accompanying lesson quizzes and chapter exams. The course is available to study 24/7, and it can be used for academic, professional or casual learning purposes.
|Introduction to Human Language||Recognize the elements of language; explain how language is evaluated/understood; identify major language families and languages; tell how animal language and communication relates to human language.|
|Early History of Human Language||Explain when the first human languages appeared; describe the development of written language forms; tell how several specific languages evolved and influenced other languages (e.g., Greek or Arabic); determine how vernacular languages developed while the use of Latin declined.|
|The Spread & Standardization of Language||Trace the development of several modern languages, including English; describe how linguistics became professionalized; explain how language continued to evolve in response to changing political and national trends in the modern era.|
|Language Theory & Development||Identify the major approaches to understanding language development; list specific theories that address language development; discuss linguistics and its various forms; describe several examples of language evolution (e.g., bridge languages or the death of languages).|
|Language Acquisition in Humans||Discuss language acquisition in children, adolescents and adults; explain the physiological factors that enable human language acquisition and speech; summarize patterns of development in reading and writing.|
|Non-Verbal, Verbal & Written Language||Summarize the differences between non-verbal, verbal and written languages; explain how the three forms of language can interact or complement one another; identify the role of listening in language.|
|Social & Cultural Influences on Language||Explain how various social and cultural influences have shaped the development and evolution of languages; recognize the various factors that affect how individuals acquire and use language.|
|Language Disorders & Treatments||Identify major language processing, speech processing and communication processing disorders; evaluate the treatments that are used for various processing disorders.|
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