New Textbook Aims to Help Students Learn Language Acquisition Process

May 28, 2013 3:51 pm School of Arts and Humanities, Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences Dept

Professor Sandra Levey (Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, SLHS) explores the complexity of speech and language development in young children in her new textbook, Introduction to Language Development (Plural Publishing, 2013). The book is designed to help undergraduate and graduate students better understand the process of language acquisition.

“Many of the students who study language tend to become speech language pathologists,” explains Professor Levey. “Students take these separate classes in understanding how hearing plays a role in learning language, in language acquisition, and in bilingualism. Language develops because of all of these factors. This book integrates all of the classes students may take into one book so that they are introduced to a cohesive view of how language develops.”

Professor Sandra Levey

Professor Levey incorporated aspects of her research on bilingualism and multicultural studies in her textbook, introducing the important role that anatomy, articulation, hearing, and literacy development play in children’s acquisition of language.

A graduate of Stanford University, Professor Levey earned her Ph.D. in speech- language-hearing sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center. As a trained linguist, she received research grants to study at Bayero University in Kano, Nigeria. On another research grant, she served as a consultant in Bratislava, Slovakia.