Ch 1: Language Acquisition & Development in Children

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Language Acquisition & Development in Children - Chapter Summary

This informative collection of lessons outlines language acquisition and development in children. Linguistics, second language acquisition and many more topics are covered here by our team of expert instructors. Upon completion of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Detail the theories and stages associated with language acquisition
  • Outline language development in children
  • Discuss the social and historical influences on language development and acquisition
  • Explain the role environment and culture can play on language development
  • Describe second language acquisition in children
  • Explore the role of native language in second language acquisition
  • Identify social and linguistic variation in relation to sociolinguistics
  • Relate second language acquisition and sociolinguistic concepts

Tackle these topics with ease by working through our professionally designed lessons at your own pace. It's easy to go back and review our video lessons over again, using the video tabs to skip directly to the section you'd like to see. In addition to getting you ready for a test, our lesson quizzes are a great way to assess your learning as you prepare to move on to other topics.

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: Language Acquisition & Development in Children
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What Is Language Acquisition? - Theories & Stages

1. What Is Language Acquisition? - Theories & Stages

How do non-speaking infants become vocal toddlers? Is learning language a natural event, or are we taught how to speak from those around us? Read on to discover theories on how we develop language and learn to communicate.

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.

Historical & Social Influences on Language Acquisition & Development

3. Historical & Social Influences on Language Acquisition & Development

It's pretty amazing that children are able to learn language so quickly without prior knowledge. How we acquire and develop language is something that fascinates researchers, and in this lesson we will examine some of the influences on this process.

The Effects of Environment and Culture on Language Development

4. 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.

Second Language Acquisition in Children

5. Second Language Acquisition in Children

This lesson explains the stages passed through on the road toward second language acquisition. It specifically focuses on children who are considered sequential second language learners.

The Role of Native Language in Second Language Acquisition

6. The Role of Native Language in Second Language Acquisition

In this lesson we explore the various schools of thought surrounding the use of native language in second-language education, ranging from using it often to not using it at all.

Understanding Sociolinguistics: Social and Linguistic Variation

7. Understanding Sociolinguistics: Social and Linguistic Variation

This lesson will seek to explain the study of sociolinguistics and the concept of ethnography. It will highlight the variations that region, class, relationship, and gender cause in language.

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