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Ch 3: Language Acquisition & Literacy Development in Indiana Classrooms

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Review language acquisition and literacy theories and aspects of second-language acquisition using the lessons in this chapter. This is an effective resource for education students preparing for class tests or aspiring ESL teachers reviewing material for certification/licensing exams.

Language Acquisition & Literacy Development in Indiana Classrooms - Chapter Summary

How do toddlers learn to communicate? What factors affect second and English language acquisition? What are influences on literacy development? You can expect to review these types of major topics when you refer to the lessons contained in this chapter.

You will also have the opportunity to review English language proficiency standards as established by the state of Indiana. Once your study of this chapter is complete, you should be able to do the following:

  • Describe the stages of language and second-language acquisition in children
  • Understand the role native language plays in second-language acquisition
  • Define language transfer
  • List factors in second language learning and development and in English language learning
  • Identify differences between formal and informal language in language acquisition
  • Discuss Indiana's English language proficiency standards
  • Detail characteristics of different literacy theories and literacy development research
  • Provide details about L1 and L2 literacy development and influences on L2 development

Through video and text formats, expert instructors guide you easily through each concept discussed in these lessons. Access lessons 24/7 from any device so that study is self-paced and conveniently fits into your schedule. Brief self-assessment quizzes are effective tools that measure what you have learned as you move from lesson to lesson.

13 Lessons in Chapter 3: Language Acquisition & Literacy Development in Indiana Classrooms
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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.

Second Language Acquisition in Children

2. 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

3. 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.

Language Transfer: Definition, Types & Effects

4. Language Transfer: Definition, Types & Effects

This lesson defines and describes language transfer and differentiates between positive and negative transfer. It also describes how language transfer affects learners' ability to acquire a second language.

Personal & Social Factors in Second Language Development

5. Personal & Social Factors in Second Language Development

Personal and social factors play an important role in the development of a second language, and, in this lesson, you'll learn about some of these factors.

Political & Social Issues in Second Language Learning

6. Political & Social Issues in Second Language Learning

Learning a second language by itself is a big challenge for students; additional social and political issues can have an additional impact on students. This lesson explores those issues.

Factors Affecting English Language Acquisition

7. Factors Affecting English Language Acquisition

English language acquisition is an involved and complex process. This lesson provides teachers with an overview of how to identify and relate to the patterns and stages of language acquisition.

Informal vs. Formal Language in Language Acquisition

8. Informal vs. Formal Language in Language Acquisition

English language learners learn formally, through instruction, or informally. Which is best? This lesson identifies the differences between the two and discusses the benefits of each to help you understand best practices for language development.

Understanding Indiana's English Language Proficiency Standards

9. Understanding Indiana's English Language Proficiency Standards

Are you looking to become certified to teach English language in Indiana? This lesson will help you prepare as it deepens your understanding of English Language Proficiency standards.

Literacy Theories: Types & Characteristics

10. Literacy Theories: Types & Characteristics

The maturationist, emergent, and social constructivist literacy theories have different perspectives on how children acquire literacy. In this lesson, we will discuss the main characteristics of each theory.

Overview of Literacy Development Research

11. Overview of Literacy Development Research

In this lesson, you will learn about previous and current research in literacy development that has contributed to our understanding of both youth and adult literacy.

L1 & L2 Literacy Development

12. L1 & L2 Literacy Development

First and second language development both occur in stages with small hurdles along the way. This lesson looks closely at the development of both L1 and L2, as well as some of the challenges that language learners might face.

Influences on L2 Literacy Development

13. Influences on L2 Literacy Development

There are many factors involved in the development of L2, or second language, literacy. In this lesson, we will explore several different areas of literacy development and examine the factors that impact development of L2 literacy.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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