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Language acquisition

  1. 1. Language Acquisition  ePortfolio Amanda McBride ECE315: Language Development in Young Children Instructor:  Paula Horner 12-9-2013
  2. 2. Guided Introduction  Think about recent conversations you have had with your child and think about how that felt. To me hearing how amazing my 5 year olds language and communication skills is just amazing.  “Language is a way humans communicate, but it is not the only way one does so (Piper,2012).  Communication according to Piper (2012), “ is the activity of a sender conveying a message, usually with meaningful information, to a recipient, and the communication may occur across space and time.” Children always seem so excited when they have information and exciting things to share with parents. My daughter loves to tell me about her day at church or how she loves going to Kindergarten. Children love to communicate and it is an important part of their language development.
  3. 3. Language Acquisition Beliefs  As a parent it is my belief that language acquisition is very important parent of development. As parents it is important to support and encourage children’s language and communication. Always show interest in what they have to say to you. Ways to help with language and communication is to have listening exercises. According to Perry (2013), “ we often forget that language is both receptive and expressive. Make sure that children don’t just mimic words and learn to say things. It is essential that children are listening, receiving accurately and processing effectively what they hear.” It is important to help your children learn language and how to communicate that language. According to Perry “Introduce exercises where children are ask to repeat back what they have heard you say (you will be often be amazed at how varied and inaccurate their interpretations can be). Have children relate key elements of a story or activity. And emphasize to children the importance of listening to their conversation buddies.
  4. 4. Language Rich environment   As children enter into their classrooms they want a warm inviting environment. They need a classroom designed to allow interactions with their peers. Children need a language rich environment to learn language. It is important as a teacher to think about how you can physically help set up an environment that helps children learn language. According to Piper (2012), “Another way of enriching the linguistic environment is to read to children. Television, computers, smart phones, and iPads might seem more attractive—and certainly they command children’s attention –but in terms of linguistic stimulation children love stories. Telling stories to children help them develop “the mind’s eye” (i.e., to envision events and characters outside the here-and-now).”
  5. 5.  The child uses babbling to as a means to communicate and practice language. It not yet understood the importance of babbling but psychologists believe that babbling serves two functions. According to Piper(2012),"Although precisely how babblin g relates to language development is not yet  clearly understood, psychologists and lingui sts have suggested that babbling serves at least two functions: as practice for later speech and a social reward.” The textbook it states, “Babbling gives babies practice in using the articulatory system—especially in the mouth, tongue, and lips—that they will eventually use to talk; early babbling sounds pretty much the same all over the world; children who are deaf do babble, but they tend to start a little later. If their parents sign to them, they may start to “babble” with gestures; and one of the first identifiable speech sounds is m, a sound that a contented baby can make while nursing.” (Piper 2012).
  6. 6. Literacy Lesson Plan  When transitioning into preschool it can be hard a children especially separating from parents. In preschool they learn to separate from parents and to follow school personel. In preschool they will learn to hold and use scissors correctly by cutting out basic shapes.. They will learn about excercises and use locomotor skills (run, hop, jump, etc). They will also learn about friendships and how to form those friendships. According to Piper (2012), “ As they grow and their network of friends and acquiantances extends beyond the home, children become far mor sophisicated and resourceful in their uses of language. They continue to use it to categorize, and, as we have seen, it continues to facilitate cognitive development, but children also devleop a broader inventory of uses.
  7. 7. Language Reflection  Recently, there were two recent cover stories in Time Magazine: Their conclusion was that children today are different. In fact, based on what we now know from the neurosciences and psychological sciences, what we’re now beginning to understand is that children today are FUNDAMENTALLY different than we are in the way they think, in the way they access, absorb, interpret, process and use information, and in the way they view, interact, and communicate in the modern world because of their experiences with digital technologies. If this is the case, it holds profound implications for all of us personally and professionally (Jukes, 2008, p. 14).
  8. 8. professional role in children’s language acquistion  I will keep in mind that in order to keep up with the new way of students learning I also must keep up with the ever growing and changing technology available to them. I will have to make sure my students have access to all the available technology they can within my classroom.
  9. 9. Language Resource File     When researching available resources for family support of language acquisition I came across a few good ones to help the families. One website was . This website was very insightful and offered a lot of information on how to support language acquisition. For example the website stated, “Most researchers agree that children acquire language through interplay of biology and environmental factors. A challenge for linguists is to figure out how nature and nurture come together to influence language learning.” (Mahone, 2013). It also offered different readings on language and learning.  I can use this website as a reference on how children’s language develops and on ways that I can help families support their children’s language learning. I think as a professional it is important to understand and know how to support children’s language as well as be able to offer support to families on how they can help children’s language development.
  10. 10. References     Jukes, Ian.(2008). Understanding Digital Kids (DKs) Teaching & Learning in the New Digital Landscape. The InfoSavvy Group. anding_digital_kids.pdf Mahone, Nicole. (2013).Language and Linguistics: Language learning. National Science Foundation. http:// . Piper, T. (2012). Making meaning, making sense: Children’s early language learning. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education. Perry, B. (2013). How Young Children Learn Language in Early Childhood Today Retrieved on November 4, 2013 from