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Language Development in Early Childhood Education, CourseSmart eTextbook, 3rd Edition

By Beverly W. Otto

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Feb 17, 2009

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“The acquisition of language is essential to children's cognitive and social development.” From the NAEYC position statement, November 1995. 


Readers of this book will receive a solid foundation for understanding language development from birth to age eight.  The text supplies a basic overview of phonetics, semantic, syntactic, morphemic, and pragmatic aspects of language knowledge, while also providing practical suggestions for interactions with children and templates for observing and documenting infant and toddler language development.   The appendices provide supplementary information on additional readings.  The new edition has been extensively revised with coverage of the latest research and hot topics in the field such as:


New To This Edition:

  • Updates the section on the role of brain maturation in language development--Provides awareness of the connections between physical, cognitive, and language development. 
  • Describes the techniques used by researchers to discover the perceptual abilities of infants to distinguish speech sounds and patterns of intonation–This helps students understand the complexities of research with very young children.
  • Provides templates for observing and documenting infant and toddler language development in the assessments chapter–This shows practical ways for teachers to begin to systematically observe individual children’s language development. 
  • Includes guidelines and strategies for interacting with English language learners at each developmental level, providing practical ways in which teachers can enhance language development among ELLs.
  • Reviews current research on autism and its connection to early language development. 

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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