Ch 1: Language & Communication

About This Chapter

This teacher resource chapter helps instructors review language and communication concepts so they can effectively work with students who have communication disorders. Reviewing these topics can improve your classroom instruction and management skills.

Language & Communication - Chapter Summary

These informative teacher resources examine the language acquisition and development process in children. Our expert instructors walk you through the communication process, modes of communication and the elements of language so you can strengthen your abilities to teach and work with students who have communication disorders. This self-paced chapter is available any time and accessible on any computer or mobile device, which enables you to use these resources at home or in the classroom.

How It Helps

  • Encourages student success: A thorough understanding of the communication process can help students better understand your instruction and perform better in class.
  • Builds awareness: You'll become more aware of normal language development in children, which can help you identify possible communication problems in your classroom.
  • Improves instructional skills: You can apply your understanding of the communication process to better instruct students who have communication disorders.

Skills Covered

After completing the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Understand how people learn, speak and understand languages
  • Outline the stages of language acquisition and the process of communication
  • Explain how language develops in children
  • Identify social and historical influences on language development
  • Define language and understand how meaning is formed through it
  • Know the characteristics of interpersonal, interpretive and presentational modes of communication

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: Language & Communication
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Language Acquisition: Definition, Theories & Stages

1. 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.

What Is Language Acquisition? - Theories & Stages

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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.

What Is Language?

5. 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 Communication Process

6. The Communication Process

This lesson describes the process of communication. Terms such as sender, receiver, channel, encoding, decoding, noise, and feedback will be defined and explained with examples.

Modes of Communication

7. Modes of Communication

This lesson defines the three modes of communication: interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational. You'll learn what sets each mode apart by exploring various examples.

Chapter Practice Exam
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