Ch 1: Oral Language Development & Instruction

About This Chapter

This chapter covers the effective development and instruction of oral language, with lessons on linguistics, active listening, building on the skills of your students, and more. The content is taught in both video and text form by professional instructors.

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.

14 Lessons in Chapter 1: Oral Language Development & Instruction
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

Informal vs. Formal Language in Language Acquisition

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.

Communication to Foster Childhood 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.

Language Delays in Children: Definition, Examples & Types

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.

Formal Assessments: Examples & Types

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.

Informal Assessments in the Classroom: Examples & Types

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.

The Relationship Between Speaking & Reading

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.

Oral Language Activities & Reading Comprehension

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.

Major Differences Between Oral and Written Language Styles

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.

Building on Students' Current Language Skills

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.

Cognitive Academic Language Learning Approach

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.

What Is Active Listening? - Techniques, Definition & Examples

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.

Using Technology to Develop Oral Communication Skills

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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