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Theorists of Language Acquisition...

B.F. Skinner (Burrhus Frederic Skinner).

Radical behaviourism seeks to understand as a function of environmental
histories of reinforcing consequences.
Reinforcement processes were emphasized by Skinner, and were seen as
primary in the shaping of behaviour.
A common misconception…

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Jean Piaget

The four development stages are described in Piaget's theory as:
Sensorimotor Stage: from birth to age 2. Children experience the world
through movement and senses (use five senses to explore the world).
During the sensorimotor stage children are extremely egocentric,…

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They also understand object permanence during this stage. That is, they
understand that objects continue to exist even when they can't see them.

(5) Tertiary circular reactions, novelty, and curiosity;
The fifth stage occurs from 12 months old to 18 months old.…

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Pragmatic Theorist...

Michael Alexander Kirkwood Halliday:

Halliday (1975) identifies seven functions that language has for children in their
early years. Children are motivated to acquire language because it serves
certain purposes or functions for them.
The first four functions help the child…

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(1) Stage 0: Prereading: The learner gains familiarity with the language and its
sounds. A person in this stage becomes aware of sound similarities between
words, learns to predict the next part in a familiar story, and may start to
recognize a…

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(5) Stage 4: Multiple viewpoints: The reader at this stage begins to be able to
analyze what they read, understand different points of view, and react
critically to what they read. Typical readers are developing this skill set
during the high school…

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