Language Acquisition And Language Learning

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This topic aims to equip learners with an understanding of the principles underlying the practice of teaching English language in primary schools. It focuses on Language Acquisition and Language Learning.

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TOPIC 1Language Acquisition And Language LearningSYNOPSIS This topic aims to equip learners with an understanding of the principles underlying the practice of teaching English language in primary schools. It focuses on Language Acquisition and Language Learning, LEARNING OUTCOME: To be able to discuss basic principles, theories, FRAMEWORK:I. First Language AcquisitionII. Behaviourist:a. Pavlovb. SkinnerIII. Nativist ;a. Chomsky CONTENT:FIRST LANGUAGE ACQUISITION THEORIESTask 1 : Read and summarize these articles. Then discuss these theories in your own group.INTRODUCTIONFirst language acquisition theories are expected to answer such questions as:a. What do children learn when they acquire their first language?b. How do they learn what they learn? For example, how do they determine what words mean, or how to produce grammatical utterances they have never heard before?c. Why do they learn (a) language?Gleason and Ratner (1998) argue that theories which attempt to explain first language acquisition must account for some facts about the phenomenon.1- Children learn language rapidly. In only a few years, they progress from no language comprehension or production to almost adult capacity.2- Across languages, some systematic regularities exist in what children learn both early and late, as well as some differences that require explanation.3- There are systematic errors in children's language production. (e.g We holded the bab

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