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Ch 2: Language Acquisition Overview

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This overview of language acquisition can help you prepare for and excel on an upcoming test. Engaging lessons make it easy to strengthen your knowledge of language acquisition, and multiple-choice quizzes can ensure you have a complete understanding before the day of your test.

Language Acquisition Overview - Chapter Summary

Make sure you have a solid grasp of language acquisition using the fun lessons in this comprehensive overview. Our expert instructors offer in-depth examinations of the stages of language acquisition, strategies that support second language acquisition and development, and more. Utilizing this chapter can ensure you're able to do the following:

  • Share theories of language acquisition
  • List factors that impact English language acquisition
  • Describe theories of second language acquisition for children
  • Explain the role native language plays in second language acquisition
  • Differentiate between prior knowledge and background knowledge as they apply to ELL students
  • Detail the importance of building background knowledge for ELL
  • Define and describe interactive, constructive and developmental processes of language learning
  • Discuss the impact language has on skills, habits and knowledge

Review any number of lessons in this chapter in or out of sequence to ensure your studying process aligns with your learning habits and desired knowledge of language acquisition. If you develop questions while exploring this chapter, feel free to submit them to our experts anytime. When ready, check your comprehension of the lessons by taking 5-question quizzes and an exam. These resources are available around the clock using any smartphone, tablet or computer with Internet access.

8 Lessons in Chapter 2: Language Acquisition Overview
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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.

Factors Affecting English Language Acquisition

2. 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.

Second Language Acquisition in Children

3. 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

4. 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.

Prior Knowledge vs. Background Knowledge for ELL Students

5. Prior Knowledge vs. Background Knowledge for ELL Students

This lesson discusses the difference between prior and background knowledge and how it applies to teaching ELL learners. Cultural and geographical differences that affect English language learners' knowledge are also examined.

How to Build Background Knowledge for ELL Students

6. How to Build Background Knowledge for ELL Students

In this lesson, teachers will learn about the necessity of building background knowledge in English language learner (ELL) students. Teachers will learn specific strategies for implementing this approach.

How Language Impacts Knowledge, Skills & Habits

7. How Language Impacts Knowledge, Skills & Habits

How do social norms and culture affect language? This lesson discusses the ways students construct knowledge, acquire skills and develop habits through the use of a native language and a second language.

Strategies that Support Second Language Acquisition & Development

8. Strategies that Support Second Language Acquisition & Development

Unsure how to support second language learners in your classroom? No problem! In this lesson you will learn about cognitive, metacognitive, and social strategies that support second language acquisition and development.

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