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ERIC Number: ED071049
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Apr-25
Pages: 14
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Promoting Language Skills in Preschool Programs.
Fleming, James T.
Early Childhood programs designed to promote improved language skills are assessed in terms of contrastive assumptions underlying a different vs. deficient point of view. Both positions are rejected as inadequate because of their lack of correspondence to both theory and reality, and an alternative theory of communicative competence is proposed. Implications for teachers are discussed with regard to reducing concern for the form of language and concentrating rather on structuring optimal social contexts wherein young children may have better opportunities to use their language, thus dispelling the myth that children can't talk while recognizing that there may be compelling reasons why they may not. A brief comparison is made between observed language activities in British and American early school settings. (Author)
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