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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)


Crucial terminology1

Crucial terminology


Crucial terminology2

Crucial terminology


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


Ladiva objectives1

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


Language acquisition and language learning the linguistic background of language development

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