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Ch 4: Acquiring Language & Developing Literacy Skills

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Ensure you understand the basics of acquiring language and developing literacy skills by examining this self-paced chapter. Entertaining lessons, short quizzes and a practice exam can boost your knowledge of these language and literacy concepts and improve your ability to excel on a test.

Acquiring Language & Developing Literacy Skills - Chapter Summary

Our instructors have developed engaging lessons you can study to better understand how to acquire language and develop literacy skills. These lessons closely examine second language acquisition, literacy development research and more. By completing this chapter, you will be ready to do the following:

  • Discuss the role native language plays in second language acquisition
  • List and describe factors that impact second language acquisition
  • Share social and personal factors that affect the development of a second language
  • Detail the process involved in learning a second language
  • Identify strategies used to support the acquisition and development of a second language
  • Describe types and characteristics of literacy theories
  • Discuss research conducted on literacy development in children
  • Compare and contrast L1 and L2 literacy development

The lessons in this chapter are accessible around-the-clock via any computer or mobile device. Use this flexibility to study whenever and wherever your schedule permits. Review the lessons as many times as needed, and take short quizzes to feel confident in your understanding of ways to acquire language and develop literacy skills. If you have questions about specific lesson topics, feel free to send them to our experts via the Dashboard.

8 Lessons in Chapter 4: Acquiring Language & Developing Literacy Skills
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The Role of Native Language in Second Language Acquisition

1. The Role of Native Language in Second Language Acquisition

Teaching a second language can be achieved through frequent use of the native language, occasional use of the native language, or complete immersion in the new language (without the use of the native language). Discover more about how each of these approaches work.

Factors Affecting Second Language Acquisition

2. Factors Affecting Second Language Acquisition

Second language acquisition is the process of learning a second language aside from the initial language acquired. Learn about the factors that affect second language acquisition, such as individual, academic, and sociopolitical factors.

Personal & Social Factors in Second Language Development

3. Personal & Social Factors in Second Language Development

Personal and social factors can make learning a second language easier or harder. Learn more about different factors that can affect learning a second language such as age, motivations, and cultural development.

The Process of Learning a Second Language

4. The Process of Learning a Second Language

In this lesson, the five-step process of learning a second language is listed and described extensively. In addition, the length of time that it takes to go through each stage is presented.

Strategies that Support Second Language Acquisition & Development

5. Strategies that Support Second Language Acquisition & Development

Unsure how to support second language learners in your classroom? No problem! In this lesson you will learn about cognitive, metacognitive, and social strategies that support second language acquisition and development.

Literacy Theories: Types & Characteristics

6. Literacy Theories: Types & Characteristics

Literacy theories explain how children acquire the skills to read and write. Explore the characteristics and differences between the three major types of literacy theories: maturationist theory, emergent literacy theory, and social constructivist theory.

Overview of Literacy Development Research

7. Overview of Literacy Development Research

Literary development research is used to find the best methods and strategies for new and young readers. Study an overview of reading comprehension theories, and learn about cipher knowledge, decoding, ELL literacy development, and trends in research.

L1 & L2 Literacy Development

8. L1 & L2 Literacy Development

L1 refers to an individual's first language that they learned as a child and L2 refers to a second language that a person may learn. Explore L1 and L2 literacy development and review the stages of development, the influence of L1 on L2, and potential challenges in this process.

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