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Understanding Language and Literacy Development: Diverse Learners in the Classroom

ISBN: 978-0-470-67429-1
480 pages
October 2014, ©2015, Wiley-Blackwell
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Understanding Language and Literacy Development: Diverse Learners in the Classroom offers effective supporting strategies to address the cultural and linguistic diversity of students in contemporary classrooms.

  • Discusses learners with different linguistic abilities—infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence—by suggesting effective ways to reach them based on their strengths and needs
  • Emphasizes language and literacy supporting strategies in a variety of everyday classroom settings
  • Includes activities and questions to motivate readers to think and develop their own perspectives on language and literacy development
  • Considers a variety of different language acquisition experiences, including monolingual, multilingual, and language impairment
  • Discusses different types of literacies, including digital and hypertext
  • Connects language and literacy development to identity and motivation to contextualize learning styles for pre-service teachers
  • Supported by a companion website that includes additional resources such as PowerPoint presentations by chapter and a summary of relevant information from the Common Core K–12 English Language Arts Standards
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Table of Contents

Detailed Contents vii

Acknowledgments xix

About the Companion Website xx

About the Book 1

Part I Introduction 13

1 Working with Diverse Students: Some Important Issues 15

2 Complex Factors That Influence Language Acquisition and Literacy Development 33

Language Sample Analysis I 60

Part II Developing Language and Emergent Literacies: Divergent Abilities in Infancy and Early Childhood (Birth to 5) 63

3 Acquiring One Linguistic System: First Language Acquisition 65

4 Acquiring More Than One Linguistic System: Multilingual First Language Acquisition 111

5 Acquiring First Language(s) with Difficulties 143

Language Sample Analysis II 177

Part III Developing Language and Literacies: Divergent Abilities in Middle Childhood (6–11) 181

6 Typical Development of Language and Literacies in Middle Childhood 183

7 Learning a New Language in Middle Childhood 224

8 Language Impairment in Middle Childhood 259

Language Sample Analysis III 282

Part IV Developing Language and Literacies: Divergent Abilities in Adolescence (12–18) 289

9 Typical Development of Language and Literacies in Adolescence 291

10 Learning English As a New Language in Adolescence 320

11 Language Impairment in Adolescence 354

Language Sample Analysis IV 369

Part V Theoretical Perspectives on Language and Literacy Development and Learning 375

12 Theories That Explain Language Acquisition and Literacy Development 377

Exit Self-Evaluation 405

Appendix: Examples of Standardized Language Assessments 408

Glossary 410

References 423

Index 448

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Author Information

Xiao-lei Wang is a Professor in the School of Education at Pace University. She has published extensively in academic journals and is the author of Growing up with Three Languages and Learning to Read and Write in the Multilingual Family.
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