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Ch 1: Praxis Early Childhood Education: Language Development

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Use these lessons to rediscover how educators can help children develop language skills and properly use language. These videos and quizzes will aid you in preparing for these types of questions on the Praxis Early Childhood Education exam.

Praxis Early Childhood Education: Language Development - Chapter Summary

As you study for the Praxis Early Childhood Education exam, use this chapter's lessons to refresh your knowledge of how young children acquire language skills and ways in which educators can facilitate language development. Our videos cover the following information to help you with these types of exam questions:

  • Defining language and linguistics
  • Understanding how language develops in young children
  • Nativist perspective
  • The stages of language development
  • The impact of environment on language development
  • Phonemes and phonological development
  • Teaching phonics
  • Understanding the ways children acquire pragmatic knowledge
  • Identifying and working with toddlers and children who have delayed speech and dialectal differences
  • Utilizing bilingual, immersion and multicultural approaches in education
  • Characterizing speech sound errors

These lessons and quizzes are created and taught by experts who make learning enjoyable. The topics covered here will help you prepare for test day.

Praxis Early Childhood Education: Language Development Chapter Objectives

Many states require that teachers pass the Praxis Early Childhood Education test as a condition for certification at this level. The material covered in this Language Development chapter is in the Praxis exam's section on language and literacy, which accounts for 31% of the test's total score.

All questions on the Praxis Early Childhood Education exam are multiple-choice and computer-based. The quizzes at the end of each lesson offer practice in answering these types of questions in this format. You can also assess your knowledge of the information in this chapter through the quizzes and see where you need further review.

17 Lessons in Chapter 1: Praxis Early Childhood Education: 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.

Phoneme: Definition, Segmentation & Examples

9. Phoneme: Definition, Segmentation & Examples

Phonemes are tiny units of sound in speech. When phonemes are combined, they can make up words. In this lesson, we will discuss what phonemes are, how to segment them in words and why they are important.

Phonological Development in Children: Stages & Overview

10. Phonological Development in Children: Stages & Overview

In this lesson you'll learn all about how children develop the ability to turn basic units of sound into actual language. We'll cover the major phonological skills and the stages of development. Following the lesson is a short quiz.

Teaching Phonics in the Classroom

11. Teaching Phonics in the Classroom

In this lesson, you will work toward being able to explain phonics as a teaching method, understanding the connection between phonics and phonological awareness, and understanding some activities and strategies to help with teaching phonics.

What is Pragmatics? - Definition & Examples

12. 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

13. 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.

Bilingual Education, Immersion & Multicultural Education

14. Bilingual Education, Immersion & Multicultural Education

Educators use many approaches for second-language instruction. The approaches vary based on the individual needs of the learner, focusing on his or her current language abilities, background, and cultural experiences. This lesson will differentiate between the different types of second-language instruction, including immersion, bilingual education, and multicultural education.

How Children With Dialectal Differences Develop & Use English

15. 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

16. 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

17. 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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