Courses Catalogue

Language Development And Learning In Early Childhood Education

COURSE CODE: ECP 1201
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Early Childhood and Primary Education, Diploma
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline

COURSE CONTENT

Definition of concepts

Stages of development of a language

  • Profound learning difficulties
  • Active interests in the surrounding
  • Understand words and gestures
  • Produce their own first words
  • Using connected speech.

Activities for developing Communication stimuli.

  • Hearing. Vision, sense of touch
  • Sense of movement, sense of smell.
  • Sense of taste, watching & finding things
  • Handling objects, imitating actions
  • Language without speech

Problems in development of language

  • Do not appear to be conscious
  • Do not handle or play with objects
  • Do not understand why events occur
  • Do not understand language
  • Do not produce single words

Structure of a language

Speech production

  • What is speech?
  • How is speech produced?
  • The Anatomy of the Vocal Tract
  • How the vocal Tract functions

Development of communication

  • The process of communication
  • Forms of communication
  • Language development

Communication Difficulties

  • Communication difficulties in an Inclusive setting
  • Causes of communication difficulties
  • Primary and Secondary communication difficulties

Effects of Language difficulties to the child

  • Communication difficulty
  • Social Adjustment
  • Educational problems
  • Self esteem
  • Effects on the family
  • Frustration

How to assist learners with Language difficulties in an Inclusive setting

  • Intervention strategies for learners with primary communication
  • Intervention strategies for learners with secondary communication difficulties.
  • Communication methods of learners with communication difficulties.

MODE OF DELIVERY

  • Lectures
  • Reading assignments
  • Practical assignments
  • Field trips
  • Documentaries

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND / OR EQUIPMENT

  • Whiteboard and Markers
  • Flip Charts
  • LCD Projectors
  • CDs, DVDs and Tapes