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ERIC Number: ED066216
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Language: A Generator of Meaning.
Day, David E.; Nurss, Joanne
This report suggests some of the implications for those who are teaching young children or for those who might be involved in designing language programs. It is based on the results of a 1968-69 study to determine the effects of instruction over one school year on the language behavior of disadvantaged prekindergarten children in public schools and nondisadvantaged private nursery school children. The Day Language Screen was used to assess each child's pre- and postinstruction ability on receptive and expressive aspects of standard English grammar along with his ability to use attributes in describing selected objects. The implications for instruction relative to language differences are that language program development should emphasize helping children develop increasingly complex ways of using language to express thoughts carefully, as an aid in problem solving, reasoning, and in grouping real and abstract phenomena rather than focusing on teaching the grammar of American English. Specific language skills need to be identified and taught, and children must be given an opportunity to use these skills so related to total development. (JS)
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