Dorothy Latham includes ideas for sound and easy ongoing assessment of writing and shows how certain strategies can improve children's progress in writing.

Early Speech, Language Acquisition and Related Theories

Early speech, language acquisition and related theories

Babble and Babel

Language acquisition and stages of early speech – Acquiring basic phonology -Looking at grammar – Linguistic universals and related theories – Young children's uses of language in the early stages – Chapter summary – Teacher activity

Language Acquisition and Stages of Early Speech

The acquisition of speech and the learning of language is one of the areas where critical periods appear to operate quite strongly, centred in early childhood (Pinker, 1994; Greenfield, 2000a). Greenfield allows that we do not know how the brain makes language possible, but she emphasizes that it develops both naturally and spontaneously, while the stages of development are similar in every culture (Greenfield, 2000a). She sums up the ...

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