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.
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.
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