SPCHSCI 712 : Linguistics for Speech Language Therapy


2023 Semester One (1233) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

The study of articulatory phonetics, phonemic transcription using the International Phonetic Alphabet, and the relationship between phonetics and phonology. Additional language analysis covering morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics.

Course Overview

This course is designed to provide a background in linguistic concepts useful for Speech and Language Therapists. It is a required course for the MSLTPrac degree. The course is taught in a blended-learning format where students are required to prepare for class by working through online modules.  Classroom time is then spent applying concepts introduced in the online resources to data. 

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Explain how speech sounds are produced. (Capability 1)
  2. Transcribe spoken speech in typical speakers of English using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). (Capability 1)
  3. Analyse and interpret phonological processes in a sample of child speech. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
  4. Analyse the structure of words and sentences using concepts from the subfields of morphology, syntax and semantics. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
  5. Apply the concepts from the subfields of phonetics, morphology, semantics and syntax to a language other than English. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
  6. Discuss and compare English with another language and make predictions as to the difficulties a speaker of another language would have with English. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Quizzes 20% Individual Coursework
Tests 40% Individual Test
Assignment 40% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6


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Key Topics

Articulatory Phonetics
  • Speech Production
  • IPA
  • Speech Sounds of English
  • Phonation and Airstream Mechanisms
  • Speech Sounds in the Languages of the World
  • Phonemes and Allophones
  • Phonological Processes
  • Suprasegmentals
  • Lexical relationships
  • Verb Classifications
  • Theta Roles
  • Word Formation
  • Inflection
  • Lexical Categories
  • Phrase Structure
  • Clausal Structure
Communicative Structure

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15-point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15-point course that they are enrolled in. This course is presented in a blended format. Unlike the traditional three-hour lecture and two-hour tutorial of other courses in the Speech Language Therapy Programme, this course consists of an online component and interactive classroom sessions. You are expected to spend two hours a week preparing for the classroom sessions followed by five hours of post classroom activities (homework exercises, revision, assignment preparation). This time is divided between reading on the topic of the week, doing a quiz and writing down questions of material you do not understand.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

  • This is a blended learning course where students are required to engage with online resources prior to the weekly classroom sessions. Attendance is required at scheduled classroom sessions to receive credit for components of the course.
  • These sessions will be available as recordings.
  • The course will not include live online events.
  • Attendance on campus is required for scheduled tests/quizzes.
  • The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

There is a dedicated Coursebuilder site with the online course content students need to access prior to weekly classroom sessions. This is available through a link in the Canvas site.  Students are also provided with additional tests/readings that they may refer to to supplement the online content.

Recommended texts:
  • Ashby, P.    (2005). Speech Sounds (2nd ed.).  London, Routledge
  • Higher Education. Available as an ebook.
  • Black, M. & Chiat, S    (2003).  Linguistics for clinicians.  London, Arnold.
Additional Readings:
  • The Phonology of English (ch.5). In Kuiper, K. & Allan, W.S. (2010) An Introduction to English Language. (3rd. ed). Basingstoke, Palgrave, Macmillan
  • The Form and Function of Words (ch. 2) Word meanings and Vocabularies (ch. 3). In Kuiper, K. & Allan, W.S. (2010) An Introduction to English Language. (3rd. ed). Basingstoke, Palgrave, Macmillan.
  • Sentence semantics 1: Situations (ch. 5). In Saaed, J. (2016). Semantics (4th ed.) Chichester, Wiley Blackwell. Available as an ebook.
  • Syllables and Suprasegmentals (ch.5). In Kuiper, K. & Allan, W.S. (2010) An Introduction to English Language. (3rd. ed). Basingstoke, Palgrave, Macmillan
  • Beyond the sentence (ch. 9). In Börjas, K. & Burridge, K. (2010). Introducing English Grammar. (2nd. ed) London, Hodder Education. Available as an ebook.

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

Feedback from previous cohorts of SPCHSCI 712 students indicates that the students find the blended-learning environment an excellent way to master the concepts covered in the course.  Students like the interactive nature of the classroom time where they have an opportunity to apply the concepts introduced online. They particularly appreciate the fact that the course co-ordinator/lecturer is extremely approachable.

Other Information

This is an intensive course and many topics may only be addressed once, therefore it is in your best interests to attend all interactive sessions. Individual tutelage cannot be provided if you fail to attend sessions throughout the semester. If you are unable to attend a session it is courteous to inform the Course Co-ordinator.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 28/10/2022 12:34 p.m.