Highgrove Education


Have you ever wondered what goes on inside our brain when we hear or produce language? How do children learn a language? And how are bilinguals able to speak two languages without getting them muddled? This course is an introduction to psycholinguistics, the psychology of language. We will be looking at key theories and concepts in psycholinguistics, as well as language in the mind of some specific groups such as those with language impairments and second-language learners.

Key Information



Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
TeacherMs Lesley Paramo, French and Spanish Teacher
Course Length10 weeks
Live LessonsOne 45-minute lesson per week
HomeworkApproximately half an hour a week
Entry RequirementsNone 

Course Syllabus

Lesson 1An introduction to psycholinguistics
Lesson 2Is language innate?
Lesson 3Language and the brain 
Lesson 4How do we recognise words?
Lesson 5How do we produce language? 
Lesson 6Aphasia 
Lesson 7How do children learn language?
Lesson 8The mental lexicon
Lesson 9The bilingual brain
Lesson 10The psycholinguistics of learning a second language

Teacher Profile

Ms Paramo has been teaching Spanish and French for ten years, most recently teaching the Edexcel IAL course in French at Harrow School Online. Prior to this she taught both languages at a range of top UK schools, including Dulwich College, Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School and Mulberry School for Girls. Ms Paramo gained a first in a joint honours degree in Modern Languages & Linguistics from Pembroke College, Oxford University, and a PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages from Roehampton University. She has also completed a master’s degree in Language Acquisition at Toulouse University in France.