Revision questions for Language Acquisition Unit 6

9 June 2009

1. What are the Assessment Objectives for this subject? Summarise them briefly, and highlight the AO with the most marks.2. What aspects of the systematic framework do you have to use in this exam? Write out a list and say why they are important.

3. Why is it important to study Child Language Acquisition?

4. What is a longitudinal study of a child’s language acquisition? Can you name any, or have you any data from one?

5. What is a comparative study of a child’s language acquisition? Can you name any, or have you any data from one?

6. What is Halliday’s taxonomy and why is it important? Why do some linguists prefer Dore’s taxonomy? What is your opinion and why?

7. 0-9 months. What are the key milestones?

8. 8-18 months. What are the key milestones?

9. 18-2 years. What are the key milestones?

10. 2-2 and a half years. What are the key milestones?

11. 2 and a half years to 3 years. What are the key milestones?

12. 3 to 3 and a half years. What are the key milestones?

13. 3 and a half years to 4 years. What are the key milestones?

14. 4 and a half years onwards. What are the key milestones?

15. What is the behaviourist model of social learning? What is the evidence for it?

16. What is Chomsky’s genetic argument? What is the evidence for it?

17. What are Piaget’s theories about child development? What is the evidence for it?

18. What does Vygotski believe is the link between thinking and language? What is the evidence for this theory?

19. How does a child learn to read?

20. What is the evidence for the phonics based approach?

21. What is the evidence for the whole book method?

22. What makes a text difficult?

23. What are the key factors to bear in mind when writing for children?

24. What is miscue analysis and what does it tell us about a child’s reading?

25. How do children learn to write?

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