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Ch 1: MTTC Reading Specialist: Language Development

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Use these lessons to refresh your knowledge of what language is, theories of language acquisition and how young children develop language skills. Our videos and quizzes can aid you in answering these types of questions on the MTTC Reading Specialist exam.

MTTC Reading Specialist: Language Development - Chapter Summary

Review information about how infants and children develop language skills and the factors that influence this development. Our lessons and quizzes will help you prepare for MTTC Reading Specialist exam questions covering the following:

  • The definition of language
  • The nativist perspective
  • Language acquisition
  • The development of language skills in infants and children
  • Pre-linguistic and symbolic language
  • How environment and culture impact language development

These lessons average around five minutes in length, and you can watch them anytime, on a computer or mobile device. Clickable video tags in the lessons make it simple to return to key topics that you wish to further review. Each lesson is accompanied by a written transcript that allows you to read along with the instructor.

8 Lessons in Chapter 1: MTTC Reading Specialist: Language Development
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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.

The Nativist Perspective and Language Development

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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.

Language Skills in Children: Development, Definition & Types

5. Language Skills in Children: Development, Definition & Types

The development of language skills in young children is a multi-step process that is both fascinating and complex. Learn how language skills are formed, important milestones for language development and test your knowledge with quiz questions.

Language Learning in Infants and Toddlers

6. Language Learning in Infants and Toddlers

Language development is a long process, and there are many types of speech that babies take part in. This lesson explores language development and some key types of speech, including child-directed speech, syncretic speech, and telegraphic speech.

Stages of Language Development: Pre-Linguistic and Symbolic Language

7. 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 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.

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