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Oral Language Development and Instruction - Chapter Summary
This chapter goes over several approaches and considerations of oral language development and instruction, arming you with perspective and tools to help you better reach your students in this area. Topics presented include:
- How environment and culture affect language development
- Informal vs. formal language
- Language delays
- Formal and informal assessments
- The interaction between speaking and reading
- Oral language activities
- Differentiating between oral and written language styles
- The cognitive academic language learning method
- Listening for tone, attitude, and the main point
- Developing language skills with technology
To help you make sure you've understood the key points before you continue, each lesson comes with a practice quiz that you can take as many times as you like and print as a worksheet to use offline. At the end of the chapter, you'll be able to test your knowledge on a more complete level through a practice chapter exam.
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.
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.
3. Informal vs. Formal Language in Language Acquisition
English language learners learn formally, through instruction, or informally. Which is best? This lesson identifies the differences between the two and discusses the benefits of each to help you understand best practices for language development.
4. Communication to Foster Childhood Development
Communication is an important part of early childhood development. This lesson explains effective uses of communication and details areas it promotes in language development.
5. Language Delays in Children: Definition, Examples & Types
Find out just what a language delay is and some of the potential factors that cause this problem. An example is provided and a short, anti-Teletubbies quiz follows.
6. Formal Assessments: Examples & Types
Formal assessments are tests that systematically measure how well a student has mastered learning outcomes. Learn more about formal assessments and test your knowledge with a quiz.
7. Informal Assessments in the Classroom: Examples & Types
In this lesson, we will discuss informal assessments used in the classroom. We will cover what informal assessments are and look at some types and examples, and then you will be asked to take a short quiz to assess your comprehension.
8. The Relationship Between Speaking & Reading
Oral language plays an important role in the development of literacy skills. In this lesson, we will discuss the relationship between speaking, listening and reading development in children. We will also discuss oral language activities which strengthen literacy skills.
9. Oral Language Activities & Reading Comprehension
A student's reading comprehension abilities can be difficult for any teacher to evaluate. This lesson discusses verbal strategies for assessing a student's comprehension level.
10. Major Differences Between Oral and Written Language Styles
Several differences contrast oral and written communication. Some differences seem obvious, but there's more to it. Retention, preciseness and engagement are just a few main differences.
11. Building on Students' Current Language Skills
Smart teachers understand they can improve a student's literacy by building on their current language skills. This lesson explains why this matters and offers ways to promote student language and literacy development.
12. Cognitive Academic Language Learning Approach
In this lesson, you'll learn about the cognitive academic language learning approach, a method used to help English language learners gain academic fluency in English. Terms are defined, an example is provided, and a short quiz follows.
13. What Is Active Listening? - Techniques, Definition & Examples
Have you ever felt that you had been heard but not understood? If so, chances are that the person you were talking with was not actively listening.This lesson defines active listening and provides specific techniques that can be used.
14. Using Technology to Develop Oral Communication Skills
Technology is a game changer in terms of the way we communicate. This lesson will discuss the many ways that technology can be used to develop oral communication skills. We will end with a brief quiz to see what you have learned.
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- Reading Strategies & Practice
- Promoting Literacy in the Classroom
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- Interpreting Informational Texts & Data
- Understanding Nonfiction & Fiction Genres
- Elements & Genres of Dramatic Literature
- Analyzing & Interpreting Poetry
- Significant Authors, Poets & Literary Works
- Writing Mechanics & Conventions
- Spelling Rules in English
- Writing Instruction for Texas Educators
- Assessing Writing Skills
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- Research Instruction for Texas Educators
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