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Language Development in Early Childhood Education, CourseSmart eTextbook, 4th Edition

By Beverly W. Otto

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Feb 15, 2013

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Written for Language Development in Early Childhood Education and Emergent Literacy courses.


Birth through age 8. This text efficiently combines theory, research, and intentional developmentally appropriate practice to provide a solid foundation for understanding language development in the early years. Not only does it provide excellent guidance on how to develop classrooms and guidelines that enhance children’s language development, but it also has a unique chapter on observing children and assessing their language abilities and provides suggestions for family collaboration. 


The goal of this text is to present future early childhood educators with a compelling, comprehensive view of language development in young children while remaining focused on the development of phonological, semantic, syntactic, morphemic, and pragmatic language skills, children’s understanding of written language, and ways in which this acquisition process can be enhanced in early childhood settings.  Interesting vignettes of young children's language development open each chapter, and within each chapter anecdotal narratives illustrate key concepts and interaction strategies. A new full-color Pearson eTextbook is available for this edition.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Language in Our Lives                                                                                                         

Chapter 2 Theoretical Perspectives and Contexts of Language Development                               

Chapter 3  Language Development Among Children of Linguistic Diversity                                   

Chapter 4  Language Development of Infants and Toddlers                                                          

Chapter 5  Enhancing Language Development in Infants and Toddlers                                        

Chapter 6  Language Development in Preschoolers                                                                    

Chapter 7  Enhancing Language Development in Preschoolers                                                   

Chapter 8  Language Development in Kindergartners                                                                 

Chapter 9   Enhancing the Language Development of Kindergartners                                          

Chapter 10 Language Development in the Primary Years                                                            

Chapter 11  Enhancing Language Development in the Primary Years                                            

Chapter 12  Language Assessment: Observing, Screening, Diagnosing, and Documenting             

Chapter 13  Enhancing Language Development Among Children with Communicative Disorders  

Chapter 14  Fostering Language Development Through School–Home Connections

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