Ch 1: Overview of Oral Language Development

About This Chapter

Use this chapter to receive an overview of oral language development. These lesson videos will explain the factors in how spoken language is acquired and develops in children.

Overview of Oral Language Development - Chapter Summary

This chapter contains an overview of the oral language development process. The instructors of this course cover information on the effects of environment and culture on language development, informal versus formal language, as well as types of language delays and strategies to teach speaking skills. After you finish this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Define linguistics and the development of language in children
  • Identify oral language skills and assessments
  • Connect oral language activities and reading comprehension
  • Discuss the major differences between oral and written language styles
  • Understand how to build on student's current language skills and strategies to teach speaking skills
  • Explain the cognitive academic language learning approach
  • List active listening techniques
  • Use technology effectively to develop oral communication skills

Our professional instructors guide you through this chapter using lesson videos. There are lesson quizzes so you can check you understanding. You can also ask our experts questions or print transcripts of the video lessons for further review.

13 Lessons in Chapter 1: Overview of Oral Language Development
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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.

Language Delays in Children: Definition, Examples & Types

4. 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.

Oral Language Skills: Definition & Assessment

5. Oral Language Skills: Definition & Assessment

In this lesson, learn what oral language skills are and the components of oral language. We will also cover how you, as an educator, can assess oral language skills.

The Relationship Between Speaking & Reading

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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.

Teaching Speaking Skills: Strategies & Methods

13. Teaching Speaking Skills: Strategies & Methods

In the push to teach students reading and writing, it's easy to forget about speaking! This lesson gives you ideas for teaching speaking skills, including explaining how spoken language works and what you can do to support it.

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