Language Development in Early Childhood Education

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/7/2013
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Written by Beverly Otto, Language Development in Early Childhood Education, 4/e efficiently combines theory, research, and practice to provide a solid foundation for understanding language development in children birth through age eight. A comprehensive resource, it focuses on the development of phonological, semantic, syntactic, morphemic, and pragmatic language skills, children’s understanding of written language, and ways in which this acquisition process can be enhanced in early childhood settings. Exact guidance on how to develop classrooms and other learning environments that enhance children’s language development is also provided. Every chapter begins with interesting vignettes of young children's language development, and throughout all the chapters, readers will discover anecdotal narratives to illustrate key concepts and interaction strategies.

Author Biography

Beverly Otto, Ph.D., an early childhood educator for over 30 years, is professor emeritus in the Teacher Education Department at Northeastern Illinois University. She earned her doctorate at Northwestern University in teaching and learning processes, with a focus on emergent literacy. Dr. Otto teaches courses in language and literacy development for pre-service and in-service teachers, along with research for classroom teachers. Her major professional goal is preparing teachers to support children’s lifelong learning through language and literacy development. Dr. Otto also served as department chair as well as associate dean in the College of Education.


Dr. Otto is author of Literacy Development in Early Childhood (Pearson Merrill), and has authored articles published in international, national, and state professional journals. Her field-based research on emergent literacy has been presented at international, national, state, and local conferences. She has served as a consultant to early childhood centers, school districts, and the Illinois State Board of Education.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Language in Our Lives                                                                                                         

Chapter 2 Theoretical Perspectives and Contexts of Language Development                               

Chapter 3  Language Development Among Children of Linguistic Diversity                                   

Chapter 4  Language Development of Infants and Toddlers                                                          

Chapter 5  Enhancing Language Development in Infants and Toddlers                                        

Chapter 6  Language Development in Preschoolers                                                                    

Chapter 7  Enhancing Language Development in Preschoolers                                                   

Chapter 8  Language Development in Kindergartners                                                                 

Chapter 9   Enhancing the Language Development of Kindergartners                                          

Chapter 10 Language Development in the Primary Years                                                            

Chapter 11  Enhancing Language Development in the Primary Years                                            

Chapter 12  Language Assessment: Observing, Screening, Diagnosing, and Documenting             

Chapter 13  Enhancing Language Development Among Children with Communicative Disorders  

Chapter 14  Fostering Language Development Through School–Home Connections

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