Friday, September 30, 2011

Language Interpretation

According to Judith Wells Lindfors author of Children’s Language, oral language is the child’s first expressive system in these early years, so most of the findings relate to oral language. Children have been immersed in a sea of language that has provided literally millions of opportunities to observe how competent speakers use language and to engage in doing it themselves, however they are able to – through facial expression, gesture, word, word-combinations. Children observe and notice patterns in language.
Whether it’s an infant and mother having a conversation about their day or a five year old and his teacher reading books, they are using language to express themselves and communicate with others. Language is everywhere and children are listening, learning, dissecting, interpreting, and figuring out how they will use it themselves. The way children use language is unique and personal to them.  So if you think you child is making nonsense sounds such as babbling, think again. They have been watching and listening to you use language and they are trying to use it with you.

1 comment:

  1. This was a great topic to choose to discuss. Parents have more affect over their children than I think they usually realize. Nearly everything they do can influence the way their child interacts with the rest of the world. Yes, babies definitely begin developing their literacy and language skills before they are even born--good point!