Ch 7: Early Childhood Language Development

About This Chapter

These lessons explore how children develop language skills as well as influences language development. Review information on communication disorders and strategies for learning new vocabulary.

Early Childhood Language Development - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll explore what language is and how it is acquired. Our instructors help you review language learning in infants, toddlers and children, and show you the types of language skills children need to develop.

Other lessons explore how environment and culture influence the development of language, bilingual education, and strategies for acquiring new vocabulary. By the time you've finished these lessons, you should understand:

  • The nativist perspective of language development
  • How children acquire language
  • Pre-linguistic and symbolic language
  • Stages of language acquisition in babies and children
  • Types of language skills in children
  • Speech and communication disorders
  • How environment and culture influence language development
  • Methods for learning and using new vocabulary

You can study these lessons on a computer or mobile device as your schedule permits. The quizzes that follow each lesson offer an opportunity to assess your learning and see which topics require additional study.

11 Lessons in Chapter 7: Early Childhood Language Development
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What Is Language?

1. What Is Language?

Have you ever wondered how human language is constructed to form meaning? Why is language more complex than animal calls? In this lesson, we'll take a look at the basic units language and learn how meaning is formed.

The Nativist Perspective and Language Development

2. The Nativist Perspective and Language Development

In this lesson, learn how we develop language according to the nativist perspective. Discover Noam Chomsky's idea of the language acquisition device (LAD) and its role in this process.

Language Acquisition: Definition, Theories & Stages

3. Language Acquisition: Definition, Theories & Stages

Have you ever wondered how humans are able to learn, process, comprehend and speak a language? In this lesson on language acquisition, we'll take a look at some distinctions between languages and learn how babies come to understand and speak a language.

Stages of Language Development: Pre-Linguistic and Symbolic Language

4. Stages of Language Development: Pre-Linguistic and Symbolic Language

How does language expression emerge in children? Learn about the development of syntax in children through the pre-linguistic and linguistic stages of language development in this lesson.

Language Learning in Infants and Toddlers

5. Language Learning in Infants and Toddlers

Language development is a long process, and there are many types of speech that babies take part in. This lesson explores language development and some key types of speech, including child-directed speech, syncretic speech, and telegraphic speech.

Linguistics: Language Development in Children

6. Linguistics: Language Development in Children

How does a baby's babble turn into intelligible speech? Are there underlining innate traits that drive language development in children? Or is it the social interaction with others that encourages language development? This lesson will explore these questions and discuss how aspects of language change over time.

Language Skills in Children: Development, Definition & Types

7. Language Skills in Children: Development, Definition & Types

The development of language skills in young children is a multi-step process that is both fascinating and complex. Learn how language skills are formed, important milestones for language development and test your knowledge with quiz questions.

Characteristics of Speech Sound Errors: Speech & Communication Disorders

8. Characteristics of Speech Sound Errors: Speech & Communication Disorders

In this lesson, we explore speech sound disorders, which include articulation deficits, phonological process disorder and fluency disorder. Also learn the characteristics of each of these disorders.

The Effects of Environment and Culture on Language Development

9. The Effects of Environment and Culture on Language Development

Both environmental and cultural factors have an impact on early language development. This lesson will provide examples to consider and discuss possible reasons for this impact.

Bilingual Education, Immersion & Multicultural Education

10. Bilingual Education, Immersion & Multicultural Education

Educators use many approaches for second-language instruction. The approaches vary based on the individual needs of the learner, focusing on his or her current language abilities, background, and cultural experiences. This lesson will differentiate between the different types of second-language instruction, including immersion, bilingual education, and multicultural education.

Strategies for Acquiring and Using New Vocabulary

11. Strategies for Acquiring and Using New Vocabulary

In this lesson, we will discuss methods for growing our vocabulary and putting the new words into practice. We will also learn how to discover the meaning of words based on the context, the surrounding information.

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