Session 5
Child language acquisition/Language and EC Programs

Welcome to Session 5 of the EDUC 297-ENL Linguistics class
Readings:CEL “Child language acquisition” (p.227–256)
What Teachers Need to Know about Language
Ch.2– “Language and Early Childhood Programs” (p.55-67) – Reserve

Discussion on Ning: Main thing you took away from the reading and class discussion this week. Comment on two others.


Click here to go to the article "Why do sounds close to "mama" appear in so many languages?" and post your comments


Click here to watch the video on How Language Shape thoughts and post your comments


Click here to view the graphic about colors in different cultures and post your comments



Click here to go to the article "What Teachers Need to Know about Language"
Go to this link and then scroll to week 5 notes. Click on the .pdf document and it will download.


Click here to watch the video on how our expectations can bias what we hear and post your comments about your experience with ENL students.


Click here to watch the video on Grey Matters:Understanding Language, Language and the brain and post your comments
Click here to read the discussion on Deepening Learning and reply to the post

Click here to read the blog on language and colic and post your comments

Click here to read the blog and view the video about how infants acquire language

Click here to watch all the videos for Session 5


Click here to read the blog and view the video about how children learn language (the birth of a word)

Click here to take the Facial Recognition Test



Reminders:
Email Reflection Paper
Discussion on Ning: Main thing you took away from the reading and comment ~ Answer to the following question in the Ning:"How do I respect home language and support English language learning?"


Resources and Links:

Born to Learn: Watch this fascinating animation video about the exciting new discoveries constantly being made about how humans learn!

Born to Learn from Born to Learn on Vimeo.



Babies May Pick Up Language Cues In Womb: Read this news article that supports the idea that linguistics begin in the womb. Newborns' cries have intonations specific to their home language ("French cries tended to have a rising melody, while the German cries tended to have a falling melody.") The article also states that newborns can distinguish between languages.

Ask A Linguist: This website has a lot of questions answered about Child Language Acquisition

Brain Rules - Brain development - 12 ways our brains truly work.

ASL Video Dictionary ~ Just pick a word from the dictionary and it shows you how to do the sign that corresponds with that word. It is so easy yet effective. Hand gestures are very powerful in a classroom even if the students are not hard of hearing and would be a great tool to use in the classroom.

Handspeak: sign language resource

8 Strategies for Preschool ELLs' Language and Literacy Development ~ focusing on open ended questioning, allowing students to answer in multiple ways, expanding their ideas and their language is a great strategy. Another strategy that I feel could benefit students was the idea to pair ELL students with native speakers who have strong English speaking skills. It's important to note that this strategy not only helps the ELL students but also the native speakers as they act as teachers to help guide and scaffold the ELL's English

The zone of proximal development in Vygotsky’s analysis of learning and instruction


Zone of proximal development ~ This article explores the history and theory of the concept of the zone of proximal development and discusses its application in the classroom.

Ways to Improve Language Development in Young Children

9 Ways to Help Your Child's Language Development ~ Speed up and improve your child's language skills.

South Dakota Early learning guidelines are for Preschool ENL students


Speech therapy services~This link explains well



Early language and the brain: Smart talk
The number of words a child hears in early life will determine their academic success and IQ in later life. By three, children from professional families hear 30m more words than children on welfare.


Video of a 2 year old singing






Stephen Pinker: Language and Consciousness