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Ch 4: GRE Psychology: Language

About This Chapter

Get ready for the GRE Psychology Test by strengthening your understanding of key language topics. Video lessons and practice quizzes are among the prep resources you'll find in this chapter.

GRE Psychology: Language - Chapter Summary

The effective video lessons will leave you well-prepared to take on a number of language questions on the GRE Psychology Test. Lessons in this chapter cover:

  • Key components of language
  • Language development theories
  • Factors in language acquisition
  • Syntax in writing
  • Speech perception
  • Psychological processes in reading
  • Principles of verbal and nonverbal communication
  • Second-language instruction
  • Vygotsky's theory of cognitive development

The video lessons have a short average length of between 5 and 10 minutes. Study the videos from a computer or handheld device at a time that's convenient for you. The video tags can be used to track down any segments that you want to check out again.

GRE Psychology: Language Chapter Objectives

The GRE Psychology Test is used to help determine your readiness for graduate-level psychology studies. It consists of approximately 205 multiple-choice questions. Between 3 and 4% of the test will deal with language topics.

7 Lessons in Chapter 4: GRE Psychology: Language
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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.

Linguistics: Language Development in Children

2. 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 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.

The Psychological Processes of Reading

4. The Psychological Processes of Reading

This lesson discusses how different psychological processes are used during reading acquisition. The terms reading and psychological processes are defined and reading is discussed as it occurs through word-level and text level processes.

The Psychology of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication

5. The Psychology of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication

In this lesson, learn the difference between verbal and nonverbal communication and how you use them in your life. Also, study the different components of these two major communication styles so you can improve your skills and communicate more effectively.

Bilingual Education, Immersion & Multicultural Education

6. 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.

Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development

7. Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development

The role of culture and social interactions are imperative to cognitive development, according to psychologist, Lev Vygotsky. This lesson will discuss how social interactions play a role in cognitive development of children, provide an overview of Vygotsky's cultural-historical theory and describe the stages of speech and language development.

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