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CSET English Subtest II: Language Development - Chapter Summary
Influences on language development and the stages involved in this process are covered in the video lessons in this chapter. Each lesson is accompanied by a self-assessment quiz that you can use before and after watching the video lessons to test your knowledge of this subject. Video lessons in this chapter cover:
- Pre-linguistic and symbolic language stages
- Environmental and cultural effects on language development
- Nativist perspective
- Language defined
- Acquisition of language
- First and second language development
- Academic literacy development
CSET English Subtest II: Objectives
Aspiring English teachers in California will need to pass the CSET English subject exam, which consists of four subtests. Subtest II is composed of 50 multiple-choice questions focused on the content areas of language, linguistics and literacy. You'll be expected to know about academic literacy development techniques, such as semantic mapping, cohesion analysis and word analogies. You might also be tested on second language development, including the influences of the first language in that process. The impact of cognitive, cultural and social influences on language development is also included in this subtest.
The video lessons in this chapter can help you understand these concepts. You'll also find self-assessment quizzes that can be used to measure your preparedness for the English Subtest II.
1. Stages of Language Development: Pre-Linguistic and Symbolic Language
The stages of language development explores the process of children learning syntax. Discover the pre-linguistic language stage, symbolic/linguistic language stage, and expressive vs. receptive language in this lesson. Lastly, the four categories of pre-linguistic language development and the six categories of linguistic language development are detailed.
2. Factors Influencing Language & Literacy Development in Early Childhood
Multiple factors can contribute to a child's development in language and literacy, especially early on. Dive into the basics of early childhood language and literacy development and the contributing factors that can help or harm a child's growth.
3. The Effects of Environment and Culture on Language Development
Environment and culture both affect a child's language development. Explore two perspectives about the development of language (behaviorist and interactionist), different language styles, and the role that supportive environments play in language development.
4. The Nativist Perspective and Language Development
The nativist theory of language development stresses that humans are born with the ability to develop language. Learn about the nativist perspective of language development by exploring Noam Chomsky's ideas and examine the pros and cons of the theory.
5. 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.
6. Language Acquisition: Definition, Theories & Stages
Language acquisition has long been debated among psychologists who argue about whether language is learned or is an innate part of people's brains. Learn more about this debate and explore the definition, stages, and theories about language acquisition.
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