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MTEL English: Language Acquisition - Chapter Summary
Watch these lessons to improve your understanding of how individuals learn language and the characteristics of learning English as a first or second language. Each lesson is taught by one of our professional instructors who will help you prepare for related questions on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) English exam by explaining:
- What defines language
- Processes of language acquisition
- Pre-linguistic and symbolic language stages of language development
- The information processing theory
- Stages of phonological development in children
- English morphology
- Teaching vocabulary to English as a Second Language (ESL) students
The lesson videos are mobile device compatible so that you have a versatile way to study - even when you don't have access to a computer. In addition to these videos, read the lesson transcripts to reinforce your retention of the information. To determine what topics you don't understand, take the lesson quizzes. Following these short assessments, you will be able to return to and re-study the parts of the lessons that explained the topics you missed by using the embedded video tags.
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.
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.
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.
4. Information Processing Theory: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples
How does information make its way to memory? How do people learn? In this lesson, we'll examine the information processing theory of learning, including the process of memory, cognitive load, chunking, and automaticity.
5. Phonological Development in Children: Stages & Overview
In this lesson you'll learn all about how children develop the ability to turn basic units of sound into actual language. We'll cover the major phonological skills and the stages of development. Following the lesson is a short quiz.
6. Morphology of English: Definition & Studies
Morphology is the study of parts of language and how we use these parts to form words. In this lesson you'll find out the building blocks of language and how to use these blocks to construct words and deconstruct sentences. A short quiz follows.
7. How to Teach Vocabulary to ESL Students
This lesson will provide strategies and ideas for teaching vocabulary to English as a Second Language (ESL) students. A short quiz will follow that will test your knowledge.
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