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1 Jill Walker Vestavia Hills Elementary West

2  Language is a natural, biological process  Based on the work on Chomsky and Universal Grammar  All children are born with a Language Acquisition Device (LAD) that allows them to produce and understand language (Chomsky 2008).

3  Emphasis on learner interactions and social aspect of language.  Reflected in the work of Vygotsky.  Second language acquisition occurs through interactions between the learner, teacher, and peers.  Uses error analysis to promote SLA.

4  Some brain researchers in the field of SLA believe that there is a “critical period” for language learning.  Children ages 2-12 can most effectively learn a language due to brain development during this time.  Most researchers agree that when it comes to language learning, earlier is better; the critical period can limit L1 and L2 acquisition (Lenneburg 1967).

5 Language  Similarities and differences between L1 and L2  L1 proficiency  L2 knowledge Learner  Classroom environment  Home environment Learning Process  Learning styles  Cultural influences  Interactions (Walqui 2000)

6  Remember to consider every child as an individual…No two students are alike!  To motivate students, center instruction around their likes and interests.  Create an environment rich in pictures, hands- on materials, and realia.

7  The Interactionist theory is most effective.  My students learn best through meaningful conversations with their teachers and peers.  In addition, my students benefit from error analysis and error correction.  My students learn from the social interactions that occur in their learning environment.

8  I believe that the Interactionist theory is most effective and most evident in my teaching.  I value the social interactions of my students, and believe that they learn from them.  I encourage peer interaction in my learning environment.

9  resources.htm resources.htm  guage_stages.php guage_stages.php  tent/cntareas/reading/li7lk12.htm tent/cntareas/reading/li7lk12.htm  ntextual.html ntextual.html  ESL_Modifications.pdf ESL_Modifications.pdf

10 Chomsky, N. (2008). Noam Chomsky talks about universal grammar. Retrieved from tb.cgi/19. Chomsky, N. (2000). The architecture of language. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. Lenneberg, E.H. (1967) Biological foundations of language. New York: Wiley and sons. Walqui, A. (2000). Contextual factors in second language acquisition. Retrieved from tual.html

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