50-335 Beginning Linguistics and Development of Speech and Language in Early Childhood

The dimensions of language acquisition especially as it relates to first and second language acquisition in children from birth through age eight are introduced. Phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and communicative competence and their implications for teaching all children are considered. An examination and analysis of typical and atypical language patterns and their relationship to cognitive and social development will be included. As a result of demonstrations and observations, candidates familiarize themselves with speech and language screening and diagnostic processes for young children. They also explore a variety of direct and indirect language stimulation techniques and learn how to create an environment that supports language acquisition for all young children. Educational issues related to linguistically diverse children and families will be researched. Appropriate field experiences are included.




50-315; 2.75 GPA; Consent of Education Advisor.