MMI Foundational Courses: Sample Syllabi
Survey of Speech and Language Disorders
Shames, G.H., Wiig, E.H., & Secord, W.A. (1994).
Human Communication Disorders: An introduction
(4th ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
Van Riper, C., & Emerick, L. (1984).
Speech correction: An introduction to speech pathology and
audiology. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
Class 1: Course Organization
- Introduction to the profession
- Incidence etiology and basic manifestations of speech and
language disorders and hearing relationship
- Read - Shames, Wiig, & Secord, Chapter 1 and pp
Class 2: Communication versus Language
- The origin of speech and language in humans
- Can animals use English?
- Read - Shames, Wiig, & Secord, Chapter 2, pp 36-81
Class 3: Language
- Syntactic and morphologic development of language
- Read - Van Riper & Emerick, Chapter 3, pp 75-107
Class 4: Library Tour and Reference Lecture
Class 5: Semantic and Phonological Development of Language
Class 6: Language Development (continued)
- Film and discussion: "Out of the Mouth of Babes"
and "Normal Speech Articulation"
Class 7: Speech
- Normal articulation, voice and resonance
- Articulation versus phonology discussion
- Videotapes and discussion about language development
- Read - Shames, Wiig, & Secord, pp 293-303,
material on normal articulation
Class 8: Normal Speaking Voice Dynamics
- Pitch, quality, volume, respiration rate
Class 9: Normal Voice and Resonance (continued)
- Film and discussion "A Look at Sound" and
- Read - Shames, Wiig, & Secord, Chapter 3 material on
normal voice production
Class 10: Early Language Disorders
- Disorders of language in the pediatric population
- How is speech and language abnormal or disordered?
- Reward and punishment
- Read - Van Riper & Emerick, pp 110-117, 133-139;
Chapters 6 pp 165-205
Class 11: Midterm Examination
- Lecture and text material through normal speech and
Class 12: Functional Articulation Disorders and Phonological
- Read - Van Riper & Emerick, Chapter 7 pp 207-252
Class 13: Language Disorders (continued)
- Features prevalence versus incidence
- Definitions in intellectual disabilities, language-learning
disorders, and autism
- Film and discussion: "Behavioral Treatment in Autistic
Class 14: Film and Discussion
- "Teaching Language to Psychotic Children"
- Discussion of autism versus mutism versus nonspeech
Class 15: American English Dialects, Language and
Communication Differences in a Multicultural Society
- The influence of cultural diversity on languages
- Read - Shames, Wiig, & Secord, Chapter 4 pp
- Film and discussion from "The Story of English: The
Class 16: Bilingualism and Accent
- Film and discussion: "American Tongues"
Class 17: Disorders of Voice
- Read - Shames, Wiig, & Secord, Chapter 8, pp
Class 18: Voice Disorders (continued)
Class 19: Final Examination Review