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Language Acquisition and Theories of Reading

The focus on theory in this course is designed to help the pre-service special educator understand the relationship between oral language development and reading. The course looks first at language acquisition in the normally developing child, with particular emphasis on the developmental stages of communicative competence and on other factors, including second-language learning and influences of varying disabilities, which may affect language structure. The course goes on to examine the subsequent role of oral language, as part of both learning to read and reading to learn. Field work components are included.

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