Research Paper On Language Acquisition
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The Role of First Language in Second Language Acquisition
This 11 page paper examines the role of first language in second language acquisition. The paper considers the way that the level of proficiency and use of a native language will impact on the acquisition of the second language, for example, the way the development and use of a langue such as Spanish or Japanese will impact on the ability to learn English. The paper looks at the research which has taken place bringing together a range of studies to assess the scope and scale of the influence. The bibliography cites 17 sources.
Language Acquisition and Children
This is a 7 page paper discussing language acquisition in children. Research in developmental psychology and linguistics has shown that children, regardless of culture, acquire language in certain stages. The initial stage of babbling in the first year shows the infant physically testing his own speech sounds and shows early interaction with the world around him. Before the child reaches one year old and for about the next year, he begins to utter single words strings which describe aspects of his daily life. At eighteen months, children begin to form two word strings and accelerate their rate of language acquisition at an alarming rate. By the time the child reaches the age of 2 ½ to 3 years of age, the structure of his language has expanded to not only include 3 word strings but from 3 to 4 years old also includes complex and embedded strings. Interaction is a key element for the acquisition of language in children and adults are encouraged to interact with their children from the onset. Many adults use “motherese” when speaking with children and speak in a slower more precise manner in order to help the child learn. One of the most important learning processes for children is one-to-one reading with an adult preferably a parent or guardian. Children’s language acquisition increases dramatically when one-to-one interactive reading is a daily routine in normal children and those with language learning difficulties.
Bibliography lists 3 sources.
Language Acquisition, Early Childhood & SLI
An 8 page research paper that discusses language acquisition and specific language impairment, focusing specifically on children having difficulty with “wh-questions,” that is, using and understanding “what, when, where, why,” etc. Bibliography lists 6 sources.