Ch 2: Language & Reading Development

About This Chapter

Learn more about language and reading development by exploring short video lessons in this chapter. Self-assessment quizzes can help reinforce linguistics, language acquisition, the stages of language development and other lesson concepts.

Language & Reading Development - Chapter Summary

Explore the lessons in this chapter to refresh your knowledge of language and reading development. Get reacquainted with language development in children, its stages and how it can be impacted by one's environment and culture. You'll also have an opportunity to rediscover the nativist perspective and take a closer look at various language dialects.

Instructors in the lessons can help you better understand letters and symbols in the world's major written languages and determine what considerations to make when preparing to speak in public. Once you've carefully reviewed the lessons, you'll have the knowledge to:

  • Explain linguistics as it relates to language development in children
  • Describe how environment and culture affect language development
  • Discuss pre-linguistic and symbolic language as stages of language development
  • Share the nativist perspective and its relationship with language development
  • Define language acquisition and explain language regions and dialects
  • Provide details about letters and symbols in the world's major written languages
  • Explain how to consider pronunciation, articulation and dialect in public speaking
  • Showcase an understanding of how to analyze dialogue

This chapter makes it easy for you to brush up on your knowledge of language and reading development. You can watch the video lessons in any sequence and as often as you'd like in order to absorb lesson concepts. Self-assessment quizzes and a chapter exam allow you to gauge your comprehension of the lessons and revisit any topics you don't fully understand. Mobile features let you to watch the lessons and take quizzes from your tablet or smartphone. You can also print lesson transcripts and quizzes if you prefer hands-on access to your learning materials.

9 Lessons in Chapter 2: Language & Reading Development
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Linguistics: Language Development in Children

1. 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.

The Effects of Environment and Culture on Language Development

2. 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.

Stages of Language Development: Pre-Linguistic and Symbolic Language

3. 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.

The Nativist Perspective and Language Development

4. 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.

Language Acquisition: Definition, Theories & Stages

5. 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.

Language & Language Regions: Definitions & Dialects

6. Language & Language Regions: Definitions & Dialects

Do you know what lolly water is? How about gym boots? In this lesson, you'll consider how word choices, accent and pronunciation are all part of our use of language and how this varies by region.

The World's Major Written Languages: Letters & Symbols

7. The World's Major Written Languages: Letters & Symbols

In this lesson, we explore how written language is expressed in different areas of the world. You'll see examples of other languages that operate with their own characteristics to document information important to that culture.

Considering Pronunciation, Articulation, and Dialect in Public Speaking

8. Considering Pronunciation, Articulation, and Dialect in Public Speaking

The speaker's culture and habits often have much to do with the vocal traits of a speech. Thus, punctuation, articulation and dialect are three very personal aspects of speech delivery.

Practice Analyzing Dialogue

9. Practice Analyzing Dialogue

Secrets, revelations, and dramatic moments often unfold through important conversations. So when we are reading a novel, short story, or play, we need to be able to analyze dialogue to understand its purpose and importance.

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