Language Learning: A Lifelong Process

Overview

Language Learning provides an introduction to language development that differs from existing books in that it traces language and cognitive development (together with the associated debates) from babyhood, through the school years of middle childhood and adolescence, into adulthood and the world of work.
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Overview

Language Learning provides an introduction to language development that differs from existing books in that it traces language and cognitive development (together with the associated debates) from babyhood, through the school years of middle childhood and adolescence, into adulthood and the world of work.
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Reviewer: Nelda S Richards, Ph.D., CCC-SLP(George Washington University)
Description: This book provides an introduction to language and literacy from infancy to the adult years. It gives the theoretical foundations of linguistic, social, and cognitive development.
Purpose: The purpose is to trace language and cognitive growth from infancy through the school years and on into adulthood. It examines language in the service of cognitive, social, and educational goals. It examines all of these from a multicultural and multilingual perspective. It discusses oral language development as well as literacy.
Audience: This book seems to be geared to an upper level undergraduate student or a graduate student. It could be used with students in speech and hearing or education.
Features: The book presents a strong theoretical framework for language growth. It covers the major theories of cognitive, linguistic, and social development and provides examples. The multicultural perspective is the most remarkable feature. Examples are given of individuals speaking a variety of languages. There are also excellent examples of children dealing with multilingualism.
Assessment: This book presents excellent coverage of the theories of linguistic and cognitive development. It gives many functional examples. The book is clearly written and its treatment of the theories is excellent. The book seems useful as an undergraduate or graduate text, but I question which class it could be used for. Its treatment of early language development is excellent but too cursory for use in training speech-language pathologists. It might be a good text for a psycholinguistics class or an education course.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340762813
  • Publisher: Hodder Education Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/14/2003
  • Series: An Arnold Publication Series
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Foley is Professor in the Specialists Department, Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO), Regional Language Centre (RELC), Singapore.
Linda Thompson is Professor of Education at the University of Manchester and Director of the Language and Literacy Studies Research and Teaching Group.

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Table of Contents

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1 What is language? 1
2 What we know about language learning 21
3 Learning to communicate 43
4 A social view of language learning 64
5 Learning how to 'get things done' in the first two years of life 87
6 Language as a resource for learning 114
7 Language development in the school 145
8 Developing language through writing 173
9 Critical language awareness 205
10 Multiliteracies 226
11 Learning language(s): creating a linguistic biography 248
References 268
Index 285
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