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Areas of Study | | EDUC208 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:Language Development
DIVISION:Liberal Arts

Study of how language develops from prelingual to productive language with stress on the effect of the culture and the ramifications for learning. Criminal background check may be required. (8 hours observation required.)

PSYC101 or consent of instructor. Placement into ENGL121.

NOTES: This course is not available for web registration.

* To understand and know how language functions in the development of intellectual abilities, the contribution to conceptual development, the total development of a human being, and the social milieu.
*To understand how all other areas of development affect language
*To learn how language and speech sounds develop
*To learn how to enhance language development for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and young school age children
*To know what constitutes standard English
*To be cognizant of what is a true language difference and what is normally developing language
*To understand the special problems that children with language differences face in educational settings
*To apply learning through participation in a project which utilizes observation
*To adequately diagnose children's language needs, set goals, and build a supportive curriculum
*To build a theoretical language center and a language environment for young learners
*To recognize developmentally appropriate poetry, songs, and fingerplays for young children
*To recognize the qualities of appropriate children's literature and be able to select the best stories for use with various age groups
*To learn language-experience chart techniques
*To gain knowledge needed to enhance the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills of young children in developmentally appropriate ways
*To become versed in the means of encouraging and training parents to enhance their child's literacy skills

  • Definitions of language, communication
  • Interplay of all areas of development with language
  • Theories of language development/Beginnings of communication
  • Enhancement of language development across the ages
  • Characteristics of language across the ages
  • Types of language differences
  • Identification of language differences
  • Addressing language difference
  • Standard English
  • Dialects
  • English as a second language
  • Programming for language and literacy
  • The language curriculum
  • Teacher's role in language development
  • Types of listening/Enhancment of listening skills
  • Rationale for reading to children
  • Selection of books
  • Kinds of books
  • Tips for successful reading to children
  • Storytelling
  • Poetry
  • Flannel boards and stories
  • Group Activities to enhance language
  • Puppetry and drama
  • Songs and fingerplays
  • Print awareness
  • Experience stories
  • Developing an environment to promote early literacy
  • Enhancing parent-child interactions

Machado, Jeanee M. Early Childhood Experiences in Language Arts (9th ed.).  Cengage.

In addition the the reading assignments for the textbook, supplementary articles will be handed out in class.  These handouts will extend the information provided by the text.

A point system, based on the following criteria, will be used to evaluate the student's performance in this class.

Class presentations - 105 points (15%)
Take home exercises - 56 points (8%)
Authorboard - 70 points (10%)
Language enhancers - 140 points (20%)
Activity Plans - 84 points (12%)
Exams (3) - 140 points (20%)
Final exam - 105 points (15%)
Total - 700 points

644-700 points 92-100% A
588-643 points 84-91% B
532-587 points 76-83% C
476-531 points 68-75% D
under 476 points under 68% F


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Fall 2010

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