This course focuses on language acquisition and early reading/writing development in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers (ages 0-5). Students will examine cur rent theories and research on these aspects of development, as well as current thinking on best practices for fostering linguistic development in diverse populations of very young children. Requirements include regular field experiences in which students will be asked to observe or apply the knowledge gained from classwork and readings. The course examines the benefits and drawbacks of several early language/literacy assessments. In the area of early literacy foundations, students will examine two categories of child learnings: those related broadly to comprehension, and those related to print. Cr 3.
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