Academic Catalog

ECE303 Language Development

The purpose of the Language Development course is to provide early childhood professionals with a foundation of knowledge needed to develop learning environments where language development is enhanced. This course is designed to examine effective learning activities that are appropriate for the early childhood student’s motivation and development. This course reviews language acquisition assessments used to determine the early childhood student’s level of progress and the appropriateness of each learning experience. Students review how to recognize the beginning of the early childhood student’s language development and communicative competencies through the critical nature of parent-infant interactions established through eye contact, shared reference, and turn-taking,.  Students analyze early attempts at writing by invented spelling, while reflecting on how to respond to the writing and provide learning activities that enhance the development of literacy.