Plan to spend about 30 minutes to an hour in a preschool setting. A
good time to observe would be during circle time, independent learning
time, or during free choice time. If this is not an option, please view
the video, Five Basic Functions of Language, found in Chapter 7 of your text.
Describe the interactions and the language experiences that are taking
place in the social setting. Refer to Chapter 7 for various examples of
ways this can be seen in the classroom. Record your observations in a
professional manner, maintaining the confidentiality of the site and the
teachers’ and students’ real names. Use your observations to write an
analysis of the language experiences that were observed.
In your discussion post, be sure to include your actual observation
notes as well as a 150- to 250-word analysis that is supported by
reference(s) to the textbook.
For your analysis, discuss:
- What experiences support language acquisition?
- What experiences/interactions need refinement?
You will rely on the information you have gained thus far, as well as
your insights, to evaluate the above questions. Be sure to format all
in-text citations and reference(s) in APA style.
Guided Response: After reading several of your
classmates’ posts, respond to two of your peers. Formulate an opinion
of the effectiveness of their experiences based on your knowledge of
language acquisition. You can respond by substantiating the activity
based on research, or you can offer suggestions for how to further
expand the experience. Please remember to follow the rules of
Netiquette; respectfully agree, and agree to disagree.