Language Development in Early Childhood

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This book efficiently combines theory, research, and practice to provide a solid foundation for understanding language development from birth to age eight. It focuses on supplying readers with a basic understanding of the phonetic, semantic, syntactic, morphemic, and pragmatic aspects of language knowledge acquired by young children and the ways in which this acquisition process can be enhanced in early childhood settings. Acquisition of knowledge of written language is also included as part of children's language development. Language in Our Lives; Learning and Language; Language Development Among Children of Linguistic Diversity; Language Development of Infants and Toddlers; Enhancing Language Development in Infants and Toddlers; Language Development in Preschoolers; Enhancing Language Development in Preschoolers; Language Development in Kindergartners; Enhancing the Language Development of Kindergartners; Language Development in the Primary Years; Enhancing Language Development in the Primary Years; Exploring Children's Use of Language: Assessment; Enhancing Language Development Among Children with Communicative Disorders; Fostering Language Development Through School-Home Connections.

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Beverly Otto, Ph.D., an early childhood educator for over 25 years, is a professor in the Teacher Education Department at Northeastern Illinois University.  She earned her doctorate at Northwestern University in Teaching and Learning Processes with a focus on emergent literacy.  Dr. Otto teaches courses in language and literacy development for preservice and in-service teachers, along with research for classroom teachers. She also serves as advisor for the MAT: Language Arts-Elementary Education and MSI: Language Arts-Elementary programs.  Her major professional goal is preparing teachers to support children’s life-long learning through language and literacy development. Dr. Otto has also served as department chair as well as associate dean in the College of Education.

 

     Dr. Otto is the author of Literacy Development in Early Childhood: Reflective Teaching for Birth to Age Eight , (© 2008 Pearson)and has also authored articles published in international, national and state professional journals.  Her field-based research on emergent literacy has been presented at international, national, state, and local conferences. She has served as a consultant to early childhood centers, school districts, as well as the Illinois State Board of Education.

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Language Development in Early Childhood is a book about language development from birth through age 8. It is a foundational text that incorporates theory and research as well as guidelines for enhancing language development in early childhood settings. This book provides a comprehensive view of language development, focusing on the acquisition of phonetic, semantic, syntactic, morphemic, and pragmatic language knowledge. Acquisition of knowledge of written language is also included as part of children's language development. This text is designed for use as the main text in an undergraduate language development course for majors in Early Childhood Education or Child Development. It could also be used as a supplementary text in early childhood language arts or reading methods courses.

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