Observation 4 Language Development Finished Essay

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Observation 4 (language Development)
Date of observation: 28/1/2015
Time observation started and finished: 10.30 – 10.45
Number of adults present: 5 and 1 student observer
Permission obtained from: playschool supervisor
Description of setting: This observation took place in a registered community pre-school, the school consists of two rooms, one main classroom with the capacity to accommodate 22 children and one smaller that accommodates 8 children, the smaller of the two rooms has a sand tray, a water play station, a large double sided blackboard and an art station which is used for working with play dough and free style art. The main large room has free play toys, a library and story corner, a home corner and table and chairs for
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word order in sentences by the age of four (flood 2010) in this case Tc has managed to master syntax in that he makes only one syntactic error but quickly corrects himself in saying “red I need, now I need red” all of his other sentences are all syntactically correct.
The American psychologist Jerome Bruner (1915- ) wikipedia stresses the importance of the child’s environment in language development. He believes that adults and more able peers in a childs life provide what he calls a language acquisition support system (LASS) motherese, recasting, expanding and labelling all form part of this system (flood 2010) there are samples of each of these strategies throughout this observation firstly when they’re talking about colours, the adult encourages TC to expand on what is being said , they are talking about some colours in his picture, the adult tells TC that her favourite colour is purple and asks him his, when he replies blue she asks him why? he says “ I like Chelsea” his favourite football team, also when the conversation arises about birthdays the adult continues to ask multiple questions about ages, dates and family to encourage the conversation to continue, these are both samples of expanding. The second strategy evident in the observation is recasting for example, TC says” Yeah, my S seventeen, but now he eighteen” the adult tidies up what TC said in a