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Ch 16: Language Development & Acquisition

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This chapter covers the basics of language development and acquisition. You'll review language, linguistics and factors that influence language acquisition.

Language Development and Acquisition - Chapter Summary

Understanding how individuals develop language competency can be a useful tool for educators, and it can help to improve interactions within diverse groups in general. With the lessons in this chapter, you can become familiar with the studies of language acquisition and linguistics. Discover the process of language development as it occurs for groups including bilingual individuals and children. By the end of this chapter you will be able to:

  • Describe the effects of environment and culture on language development
  • Understand the role of native language in learning a second language and explain the nativist perspective of language development
  • Explain language development in children and list stages of language development
  • Compare and contrast the effects of environment and culture on language development
  • Describe regional and dialectical variations of standard English
  • List strategies for scaffolding instruction for English language learners
  • Understand social learning strategies in second language acquisition

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12 Lessons in Chapter 16: Language Development & Acquisition
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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.

Language Acquisition: Definition, Theories & Stages

2. 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.

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.

Stages of Language Development: Pre-Linguistic and Symbolic Language

4. Stages of Language Development: Pre-Linguistic and Symbolic Language

How does language expression emerge in children? Learn about the development of syntax in children through the pre-linguistic and linguistic stages of language development in this lesson.

Historical & Social Influences on Language Acquisition & Development

5. 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.

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.

The Role of Native Language in Second Language Acquisition

7. 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.

The Effects of Environment and Culture on Language Development

8. 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.

The Nativist Perspective and Language Development

9. The Nativist Perspective and Language Development

In this lesson, learn how we develop language according to the nativist perspective. Discover Noam Chomsky's idea of the language acquisition device (LAD) and its role in this process.

Social Learning Strategies in Second Language Acquisition

10. Social Learning Strategies in Second Language Acquisition

You want to be able to teach a second language to your students in a way that elicits active participation. This lesson describes some strategies you can apply so your students develop language skills through social learning.

Scaffolding Instruction for English Language Learners

11. Scaffolding Instruction for English Language Learners

The number of English language learners (ELLs) in the classroom is on the rise, and teachers must have strategies for teaching these students. This lesson will highlight ways in which to scaffold instruction for ELLs to help them become successful in the classroom.

Regional & Dialectical Variations of Standard English

12. Regional & Dialectical Variations of Standard English

The English language is complex, with multiple regional and dialectical variations. In this lesson, we examine the different variations of the English language in the United Kingdom and the United States.

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