Language Development

Language Development
Understanding Language Diversity in the Classroom

Companion Website

© 2011 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc


Prepares future and current teachers to understand language development, differences, and disorders—and the factors that lead to classroom success

Language Development: Understanding Language Diversity in the Classroom offers comprehensive coverage of the language development process for pre- and in-service teachers while emphasizing the factors that further academic success in the classroom, including literacy skills, phonological awareness, and narrative. With chapters written by respected specialists in various fields, this interdisciplinary text illuminates the impact of language development on learning success and distinguishes between language differences and disorders, integrating illustrative case studies as well as helpful classroom strategies that teachers can implement right away.

Sandra Levey
An Introduction to Language and Learning
Sandra Levey
Theories and Explanations of Language Development
Sandra Levey
Hearing and Listening Skills
Rochelle Cherry
The Impact of Hearing Loss on Speech and Language Development
Stephen Cavallo
The Production of Speech Sounds
Sandra Levey, Joyce West
The Role of the Brain in Speech and Language
Sandra Levey
Language Development from Birth to Age Three
Deena Bernstein
Language Development from Ages Three to Five
Cheryl Smith Gabig
Language Development from Age Six Through Adolescence
Sylvia Diehl
Supporting the Development of Literacy Skills from Infancy through School-Age
Lynn Bliss, Allyssa McCabe
Educational Implications of Narrative Discourse
Julie Washington, Monique Mills
African American English in the Classroom
Henriette Langdon
Bilingual Language Acquisition and Learning
Leah Fabiano-Smith, Brian Goldstein
Bilingual Speech Sound Development and Disorders
Susan Polirstok and Jo Hoffman
Fostering Teacher and Family Partnership in the Development of Language and Literacy


Instructor Teaching Site

This password protected site offers instructors a variety of resources that supplement the book material, including:

· A test bank in Microsoft Word offers a diverse set of test questions and answers for each chapter of the book. Multiple choice, true/false and essay questions are included for every chapter to aid instructors in assessing students’ progress and understanding.

· PowerPoint presentations are designed to assist with lecture and review, highlighting essential content, features, and artwork from the book.

· Carefully selected, web-based video resources feature relevant content for use in independent and classroom-based exploration of key topics.

· Lecture outlines summarize key concepts on a chapter-by-chapter basis to assist in preparing for lecture and class discussion.

· Links to relevant web resources direct instructors to additional tools for further research on important chapter topics.

· Chapter- specific discussion questions help launch discussion by prompting students to engage with the material, and by reinforcing important content.

· Sample Syllabi for quarter, semester and online courses.

Student Study Site

This web-based student study site provides a variety of additional resources to enhance students’ understanding of the book content and take their learning one step further. The site includes:

· Self quizzes allow students to independently assess their progress in learning course material.

· E-flashcards are study tools to reinforce student understanding and learning of key terms and concepts that are outlined in the chapters.

· Carefully selected, web-based video resources feature relevant content for use in independent and classroom-based exploration of key topics.

· Links to relevant web resources direct students to additional tools for further research on important chapter topics.

· Interesting and relevant recommended readings provide a jumping-off point for course assignments, papers, research, group work, and class discussion.

· Sample forms and assessment tools are also provided for easy access to students.

-Comprehensive review of theory, development, and disorders
-Chapters written by variety of authors/researchers in the field
-Emphasis on literacy, narrative, and cultural-linguistic diversity

Mrs Patricia Becker
Education, Carroll College
January 5, 2014

In reviewing this text, I found it to be most useful for pre-service teachers.

Dr Kathleen Biddle
Education Dept, Juniata College
January 14, 2013

I chose this textbook because of its extensive coverage of language. Most textbooks are heavily literacy-based and my course is predominately about language development.

Dr Robin Quick
School Of Education, Gannon University
May 28, 2012

Sequence of topics

Mrs Laura Hauerwas
Education Department, Providence College
December 19, 2011

At this point I did not teach the class again, but this does not mean that I will not adopt in the future.

Ms Jennifer Butch
Curriculum , Hunter College
October 27, 2011
Key features
  • Provides a balance of theory and practice, with a refreshing narrative that combines significant facts, insights, and clearly defined terms and theories with case studies and classroom examples
  • Offers a robust emphasis on pre-academic skills such as emergent literacy due to the importance of literacy skills in academic progress
  • Includes chapters written by well-known experts in various fields, including early childhood education, special education, speech-language pathology, and audiology, to provide a holistic picture of language development and language differences across disciplines
  • Provides three chapters devoted to bilingual and diverse culture and language to help the reader comprehend the distinction between differences and disorders, important for addressing the needs of the large and growing number of second language learners in today's classrooms
  • Includes rich pedagogical tools, including chapter-opening case studies to illustrate some of the most common speech and language behaviors, examples of typical and atypical language development throughout the lifespan, "Strategies for the Classroom" sections with specific tips, "Case Study Revisited" features that encourage classroom discussion, and chapter-ending study questions and suggested projects
  • Concludes with a chapter on the role of the family in supporting language development


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ISBN: 9781412974073