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Language acquisition and language learning: the linguistic background of language development. Marina Tzakosta LaDiva coordinator University of Crete Dept. of Preschool Education, Faculty of Education. What is language?. A system of communication. What is a system (of communication)?.

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language acquisition and language learning the linguistic background of language development

Language acquisition and language learning: the linguistic background of language development

Marina Tzakosta

LaDivacoordinator

University of Crete

Dept. of Preschool Education,

Faculty of Education

what is language
What is language?
  • A system of communication
what is a system of communication
What is a system (of communication)?
  • A network of ‘things’ governed by rules and principles

Human languages

Animal languages

productivity

systematicity

language levels grammatical levels
Language levels – grammatical levels
  • Pragmatics (meaning & implicatures)
  • Semantics (words, sentences, texts)
  • Syntax (sentences, phrases)
  • Morphology (inflection, derivation, compounding – language typology)
  • phonology (segments, syllables, stress, intonation, focus)
how is language developed
How is language developed?
  • Network of factors determining language development/ acquisition/ learning

Environment

nature

imitation

predisposition

Behaviors models

of development

Generative models of development

crucial terminology
Crucial terminology
  • Language development
  • Acquisition
  • learning
crucial terminology the critical period hypothesis
Crucial terminology: the critical period hypothesis
  • Age plays a crucial role in development/ maturation
  • ≥ 7 years of age (Lenneberg 1967)
factors influencing second language learning
Factors influencing second language learning
  • Language-internal
  • language typology, relation to the mother tongue
  • Perception/ comprehension
  • Proficiency level
  • Order in language learning
factors influencing second language learning1
Factors influencing second language learning
  • Language - external
  • Motives
  • Social context/ civilization
  • Teaching methods
  • Perception/ comprehension
crucial terminology3
Crucial terminology

Second language vs. foreign language

Learning in natural environments

Learning in artificial environments

second foreign languages
Second/ foreign languages
  • Preschool education
  • Primary school education

Age

Teaching/ learning techniques

ladiva objectives
LaDiVa: objectives
  • To investigate how language develops in the speech of preschool and early primary school pupils in multilingual and multicultural environments, these environments being the countries of the participating institutions and
  • To design, produce and apply original teaching material in true class settings
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LaDiVa: objectives
  • Given that students come from different countries (Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Turkey with different backgrounds in
  • educational systems,
  • language learning and
  • language teaching

additional objectives

ladiva objectives great expectations
LaDiVa: objectives & great expectations
  • the participating institutions will keep on exchanging ideas on teaching methods and new projects
ladiva objectives great expectations1
LaDiVa: objectives & great expectations
  • develop a strong multidisciplinary approach given the multidisciplinary orientation of the participating institutions
  • add to our knowledge of how different linguistic systems are learned under various social and cultural conditions by populations differing in their level of education and their age
  • A long-term outcome of the project is students’ training on how language can be taught in entrepreneurial intensive environments
what we expect you to do
What we expect you to do
  • Interact, interact, interact!
  • Work together & learn form each other
  • Look for special features of your languages
  • Look for special features of your culture
  • Look for special features of the languages and cultures of your co-workers and compare
  • Exploit your environment
  • Produce teaching material
what we hope you get
What we hope you get
  • Provide you with all the necessary equipment (cultural, scientific etc.)
  • Facilitate your work by any (rational) means required
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