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Ch 1: NMTA Reading: Language Development

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Use these videos to refresh your knowledge of language development and communication disorders as you prepare for the NMTA Reading exam. Our lessons and quizzes offer information that can help you answer exam questions on language acquisition.

NMTA Reading: Language Development - Chapter Summary

This chapter's lessons explore the development of language skills in children, with lessons on theories of language development, pragmatics and causes of speech delays. Our short videos will help you answer NMTA Read exam questions on topics including:

  • The nativist perspective
  • Linguistics and language development in children
  • Stages of language development
  • Impact of culture and environment on language development
  • Acquisition of pragmatic knowledge in children
  • Dialectal differences and English language use
  • Speech delays
  • Speech and communication disorders

These lessons have been developed and are taught by our expert instructors who understand the requirements of exam success. Written transcripts of each lesson have key terms and topics highlighted to give you an idea of important concepts. Worksheets and quizzes let you test your knowledge before moving ahead to the next lesson. If you still have questions, you can use our ask-an-expert feature to get additional help.

NMTA Reading: Language Development Chapter Objectives

In New Mexico, passing the NMTA Reading exam is a condition for obtaining some types of teaching licenses. It also is required to add a reading endorsement to a license. The exam is divided into four subareas; questions on language development are in the subarea on Supporting Reading Through Oral and Written Language Development, which accounts for 26% of the exam's total content.

Every video lesson is accompanied by a short quiz that lets you assess your knowledge. Like the NMTA exam, the quizzes consist of multiple-choice questions so you'll get an opportunity to see what questions will look like on the exam. If you miss a quiz question, we'll point you back to the spot in the video where you can review that topic for better understanding.

13 Lessons in Chapter 1: NMTA Reading: 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.

What is Pragmatics? - Definition & Examples

9. What is Pragmatics? - Definition & Examples

You use pragmatics on an everyday basis, but do you know how? Watch this video lesson to not only learn the meaning of pragmatics but also how you use it every day.

How Children Acquire Pragmatic Knowledge

10. How Children Acquire Pragmatic Knowledge

In this lesson, we will examine how children learn pragmatic knowledge. First, we will define pragmatics and then we will break down the stages of development.

How Children With Dialectal Differences Develop & Use English

11. How Children With Dialectal Differences Develop & Use English

In this lesson, you'll learn about the different dialects of American English and how children of differing backgrounds develop and use English according to the rules of their dialects.

Speech Delays in Toddlers & Children: Types & Examples

12. Speech Delays in Toddlers & Children: Types & Examples

Did you know that over 7 percent of children in the United States have some type of speech delay? In this lesson, you'll learn more about the different types of speech delays from examples.

Characteristics of Speech Sound Errors: Speech & Communication Disorders

13. Characteristics of Speech Sound Errors: Speech & Communication Disorders

In this lesson, we explore speech sound disorders, which include articulation deficits, phonological process disorder and fluency disorder. Also learn the characteristics of each of these disorders.

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