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SALT Module

Year 1

  • Professional Practice Education 1: This foundation module underpins clinical practice in levels 5 and 6 by providing related experience placements within relevant contexts such for developing professional skills and applying theory to practice. Lectures, seminars and tutorials and an interprofessional learning experience event are designed to support placement learning and will enable students to begin developing  personal and professional knowledge, skills and attitudes for effective working  in health, education and social care contexts. Students will be supported to develop reflective practice by drawing on personal experiences and placements when they will work with a diverse range of adults and children many of whom will have some communication difficulties. The module will cover themes derived from current legislation, policy and standards including RCSLT and HPC.

  • Introduction to Linguistics and Language Acquisition: basic principles, concepts and theory in linguistics and its related fields of neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics. Students learn to analyse and describe English utterances at grammatical, semantic, pragmatic and discourse levels. Applications to the field of speech and language therapy are considered in every topic.

  • Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology: Introducing the articulatory and acoustic aspects of speech production and the analysis of speech sounds using both the symbols and diacritics of the International Phonetic Alphabet and instrumental methods.  Aspects of phonology will include the nature of syllables, consonants vowels and their allophonic variants. Suprasegmental phonology will explore the prosodic elements of connected speech

  • Medical Sciences: introducing general and specialised human anatomy, physiology and genetics, embryology and paediatrics Linguistics and language Acquisition: an opportunity to learn the basic developmental theories, the properties and uses of human language and the importance of linguistic communication for understanding human behaviour, culture and society.

  • Communication disability and psychology: introducing the study of communication disorders and the use of objective and reliable measurement and assessment techniques in speech and language therapy. An opportunity to learn to use statistical software and to build your ability to evaluate and critically assess research design.

Year 2

  • Professional Practice 2

  • Clinical Linguistic Assessments: introducing linguistic frameworks for the analysis and evaluation of disordered speech and language. Developing skills in syntactic, phonological and phonetic analysis and assessment.

  • Intervention 1: Language and Cognition

  • Intervention 2: Speech and Swallowing

  • Cognitive Psychology and Research Methods

Year 3

  • Professional Practice 3

  • Transition to the Workplace: this modules provides the final preparation towards for the roles and responsibilities of speech and language therapists in practice within the modernised NHS and other social, educational and healthcare settings

  • Intervention 3: Specialist Settings

  • Speech and Language Therapy Project

  • Language, Interaction and Society: Developing an understanding of the relationships between language variation and social, professional and cultural contexts. Exploring communication issues involving language use in social contexts, social factors which influence communication disorder and approaches to understanding interaction, taking account of cultural diversity, models of society and sociological approaches to communication disorder
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