Oral Language Development

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Oral Language Development In Bilingual Children As children grow and develop, it is clear that there is a definite pattern that occurs in the learning process. This is clearly identified in both the bilingual and monolingual communities. First, the understanding of Developmental Milestones for expressive language acquisition development must be established. Expressive Language, is the ages and stages of learning to speak, and to use language. ?Ages and Stages? were described by Caroline Bowen (1998) and identified by Roger Brown in his classic book (Brown, 1973). This processes begins at birth. Babies come into the world and immediately become aware with the noise around them. They even respond to the new sounds by becoming ?still? (Bowen 1). These newborns make sounds that allow others determine if they are in pleasure or pain.

At 0 to 3 months, babies continue to expand their recognition skills. If a familiar voice is heard, the baby will turn and smile or seemingly become quieter when the voice or sound is heard.

When a child is introduced to an unfamiliar voice or sound, they will stop what they are doing and attend the unfamiliarity. Caroline Bowen states that, although babies can recognize familiar and unfamiliar voices or noises, they will respond to anyone using comforting tones. Their response does not depend upon the familiarity of the comforting tone, it is only recognized. The babies also try to communicate themselves with others. There is a difference in their cries that allow for others to know if the baby is hungry or in pain. Also, a baby will continue to repeat the same noises repeatedly (Bowen 3).

When babies are 4 to 6 months, they begin to respond to the word ?no?. It is also found that they are able to differentiate between the tones differences made...



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