ece506 | Graduate
Language And Literacy Methods In Early Childhood Education
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Primary: Ages 6-8
- Develop direct learning experiences to support language and literacy development in the primary years.
- Evaluate the role of assessments for guiding literacy instruction.
- Define and examine patterns of language development including phonology and pragmatics for English speakers and English language learners in the primary years.
- Identify the stages of reading and writing development in the primary years.
- Analyze the learning needs for English language learners to help promote literacy in primary years.
Language Development and Milestones
- Summarize language development and theories including second language acquisition.
- Compare the differences between voice, speech, and language.
- Examine the three major theories of language: Learning Perspective, Nativist, and Interactionist.
- Investigate the parent/caregiver’s role in language development.
- Identify language milestones from birth to age eight.
- Discuss the resources available to identify and support language development concerns.
Infants: 0-18 Months
- Sequence the stages of infant language development from crying to words.
- Distinguish between receptive and expressive language and discuss the role of each in infant language development.
- Summarize what it means to be in the “prelinquistic stage” and taking turns with infants and their importance in language development.
- Identify literacy concepts acquired from early reading experiences and drawing.
- Examine strategies and activities to promote language skills and literacy development in infants.
Toddlers: 18-36 Months
- Define and describe the language milestones in a typically developing toddler.
- Explain and compare symbolic representation and telegraphic speech.
- Identify developmentally appropriate teaching strategies to promote language development for toddlers.
- Identify the characteristics of environments that promote language and literacy development for toddlers.
- Develop hands-on learning experiences that promote early literacy for English speakers and English language learners.
- All objectives apply.
Preschool: Ages 3-5
- Define “emergent” literacy.
- Summarize reading and writing development in typically developing preschool children.
- Compare the importance of verbal skills-vocabulary, listening, speaking, semantics, and syntax and later success in reading.
- Develop strategies to promote literacy skills and a print-rich environment in the classroom.
- Integrate English language learners in the preschool classroom.
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