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Language Development in Early Childhood Education, 5th edition

  • Beverly W. Otto

Published by Pearson (January 10th 2017) - Copyright © 2018

5th edition


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Theory, research, and intentional developmentally appropriate practice combine to provide a solid foundation for understanding language development from birth to Grade 3.

Language Development in Early Childhood Education helps future early childhood educators support children's language development from birth through age 8 or 3rd grade. The text presents a compelling, comprehensive view of key linguistic concepts, language development theory, and research while remaining focused on the development of phonological, semantic, syntactic, morphemic, and pragmatic language skills, children’s understanding of written language, and ways in which this acquisition process can be enhanced in early childhood settings. Interesting vignettes of young children's language development open each chapter, and within each chapter anecdotal narratives illustrate key concepts and interaction strategies. Balanced, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive, the approach to language development is ideal for preservice teachers in undergraduate and graduate early childhood education, as well as for continued professional development among inservice teachers. The text has been updated and expanded throughout, and the new Enhanced Pearson eText features links to video clips; alignment among Learning Outcomes, chapter sections, and pop-up multiple-choice quizzes; and a digital Glossary linking key terms to definitions in the eText.


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Table of contents

  1.  Language in Our Lives                                                             

  2.  Theoretical Perspectives and Contexts of Language Development         

  3.  Language Development Among Children of Linguistic Diversity 

  4.  Language Development of Infants and Toddlers                                   

  5.  Enhancing Language Development in Infants and Toddlers                   

  6.  Language Development in Preschoolers                                               

  7.  Enhancing Language Development in Preschoolers                              

  8.  Language Development in Kindergartners                                             

  9.  Enhancing the Language Development of Kindergartners                      

  10.  Language Development in the Primary Years                            

  11.  Enhancing Language Development in the Primary Years            

  12.  Language Assessment: Observing, Screening, Diagnosing, and Documenting               

  13.  Enhancing Language Development Among Children with Communicative Disorders        

  14.  Fostering Language Development Through School—Home Connections                         




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