Focuses on the components of language and theories of first and second language acquisition. Compares and contrasts the processes and outcomes of first and second language acquisition. Includes classroom implications of first and second language acquisition.
- Identify and describe the major components of language, and explain the ways in which they interact.
- Describe, compare and contrast the major theories of first language acquisition, and use those theories to explain how first language is acquired.
- Identify and describe the stages of first language acquisition, and give examples of each stage.
- Describe the major factors that affect the process and outcome of first language acquisition, and explain how each affects first language development.
- Compare and contrast the natures of first and second language acquisition, and analyze the relationships between the two processes.
- Identify and analyze the major theories of second language acquisition, and use those theories to explain how second language is acquired.
- Describe the major factors that affect the process and outcome of second language acquisition, and explain how each affects acquisition.
- Describe the classroom implications of first language development.
- Explain the ways in which literacy and language develop during the school years.
- Analyze and design classroom strategies that will support students' first language development during the early school years.
- Describe the classroom implications of second language acquisition.
- Analyze and design classroom strategies that will assist students at various stages of second language acquisition.
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