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Learning to Talk

Learning to Talk

April 2021 | -2 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

There is a pressing need for new teachers to understand the wider context of language development and to know how best to support children in learning to talk.

This accessible text introduces trainee teachers to the numerous contexts of language development.  It supports readers to understand the many ways in which children acquire language skills.  Importantly, it provides a breadth of learning about language not offered by other texts exploring typical language development, atypical language development and learning more than one language.  The text also explores the current literature and research on language development for primary aged children, supporting trainee teachers with their academic study.

Throughout, case studies help trainees to link theory and practice and help them to see how their teaching can be adapted and enhanced to better support children.  

Part I – introductory concepts
Chapter 1: Theoretical perspectives
Chapter 2: Key linguistic concepts
Part II – typical language development
Chapter 3: Early language development
Chapter 4: Later language development
Part III – learning more than one language
Chapter 5: Simultaneous bilingualism
Chapter 6: Consecutive bilingualism
Part IV – atypical language development
Chapter 7: Atypical language development- sensory, cognitive and social impairments
Chapter 8: Atypical language development

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