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  • ISBN:9781108402279
  • Format:Paperback
  • Subject(s):English Language
  • Author(s):Rachel Rudman, Felicity Titjen
  • Available from: January 2018

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    Language Development is an introduction to how we learn to speak, read and write. It is suitable for advanced level students and beyond. Written with input from the Cambridge English Corpus, it considers the theoretical approaches to language development from early childhood to teenager. Language Development explores the lifelong process of learning a language, as well as the social factors that affect it. Using activities to help explain analysis methods, this book guides students through major modern issues and concepts. It summarises key concerns and modern findings, while providing inspiration for language investigations and non-examined assessments (NEAs) with research suggestions.

  • Contents
    • Instruction in analysis techniques and research methodology, as well as examples of academic writing at an accessible level, give students models to follow for their own work.

    • Short activities and exam-style questions provide practice and help students get a deeper understanding of key concepts.

    • Examples from the Cambridge English Corpus give students access to prestigious academic global English research, as well as insight into corpus linguistics and techniques for corpus creation and analysis.

    • Wider reading suggestions guide students towards broader topic exposure, encouraging them to research areas that interest them.

    • Longer research tasks encourage a greater depth of application and provide inspiration for non-examined assessment (NEA).

    • Written to support A Level and IB qualifications: in particular Cambridge International A Level English Language (9093) Paper 3 Text Analysis and Paper 4 Language Topics, AS & A Level English Language, AS & A Level English Language and Literature and IB English A.

    • Available as a Cambridge Elevate edition to allow cross-referencing with your other Cambridge Elevate resources.

    • 1. Learning to talk: 1.1. Stages of acquisition in young children
    • 1.2. Further development: grammar and phonology
    • 1.3. Discourse development
    • 2. Theories of spoken language acquisition: 2.1. An overview of theories behind spoken language acquisition
    • 2.2. Timeline of language acquisition
    • 2.3. The influence of environmental factors
    • 2.4. Child-directed speech and its characteristics
    • 3. Learning to read: 3.1. Books for young children
    • 3.2. Overlaps between spoken language and literacy acquisition
    • 3.3. Shared reading: its purposes and functions
    • 3.4. Reading development stages
    • 3.5. Understanding the conventions of written text
    • 3.6. Different methods of teaching reading
    • 3.7. Cues and miscues
    • 3.8. The primary national strategy
    • 4. Learning to write: 4.1. How do children learn to write?
    • 4.2. How do children learn to spell?
    • 4.3. How does grammar develop?
    • 4.4. Genre-based model of writing pedagogy
    • 4.5. Concerns over writing engagement and achievement
    • 4.6. Educational approaches to teaching writing
    • 5. Later Learning: 5.1. What is teen talk?
    • 5.2. Social media platforms
    • 5.3. Talk in the secondary education context
    • 5.4. The changing nature of reading as it develops and adapts
    • 5.5. Development of writing as young people mature
    • Ideas and answers
    • References.

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