Understanding how to support language development is a necessary qualification of an early childhood education professional or specialist working with children. As a professional, you are responsible for supporting the various learning stages of young children. To extend the language development of the children you work with, you need to have a firm understanding of the different stages of language development and how you can appropriately support growth within those different stages. For this Final Presentation, you will create a presentation to teach a chosen audience about language acquisition and development. This presentation must demonstrate how that audience can support language acquisition in their specific setting. You will also need to show how these professionals can be a resource to help families learn strategies in assisting their children at home. This assignment is a culmination of our five-week course and is your opportunity to apply what you have learned in a possible real-life scenario.
To prepare for your Final Presentation,
- Review the required and recommend readings you have been assigned throughout the course.
- Choose PowerPoint or Prezi to create your presentation.
- Be creative in your delivery. Include visuals, audio, and video, if you choose. Be thorough in your content. Be sure to address the required topics with critical thought, elaboration, and college-level writing. Choose an audience to develop your presentation for from the following list:
- Infant/toddler teachers
- Pre-K teaching teachers
- K through third teachers
- Grades 4 through 8 teachers
- Middle or high school teachers
- Social workers
- School counselors
You can be creative but your presentation must include the following:
- Title Slide
- Opening Slide: State the purpose of the presentation for your chosen audience.
- Professional Introduction (one slide): Design a professional introduction that acquaints yourself with your audience, highlighting your best attributes. Refer back to your Week 1 introduction discussion forum for support.
- Organizational Plan (one to two slides): Summarize three physical areas in your learning environment and describe how they can be used to support language development and acquisition. Refer back to your Week 2 assignment for support.
- Strategies to Support Children (one slide): Propose three strategies you will implement to meet the language development needs of the children under your direction. Refer back to your Week 3 assignment for support.
- Supporting English Language Learners (one slide): Discuss five ways to support English language learners. Refer back to your Week 2 discussion forum for support.
- Supporting Families of English Language Learners (one to two slides): Explain four ways to support the families of English language learners. Refer back to your Week 2 discussion forum for support.
- Speech Disorder (two slides): Summarize one speech disorder from Section 8.2 of the text. In your summary, discuss the characteristics of the disorder, what children with the disorder may experience, how to support children with this disorder and one resource for families. Refer back to the Week 4 Communication Disorders Interactive learning activity for support.
- Language Disorder (two slides): Summarize one language disorder from Section 8.3 of the text. In your summary, discuss the characteristics of the disorder, what children with the disorder may experience, how to support children with this disorder, and one resource for families. Refer back to the Week 4 Communication Disorders Interactive learning activity for support.
- Family Centered Evening Plan (one slide): Discuss your plan for a family event (e.g., poetry night, family literacy night, author night, etc.) that would bring families together while facilitating language experiences.
- Family Centered Evening Invitation (one slide): Create a poster, newsletter, or flyer to advertise this event to families. You may want to use the design website Canva to create the poster.
- Language Development Resources (one slide): Locate three language development and/or acquisition resources. For each resource include a one-sentence summary and an APA-formatted reference.
- Belief Statement (one slide): Formulate your beliefs about your responsibility as an educator to support the language development of children in your classroom.
- References Slide: Must use at least five scholarly sources in addition to the course text.
The Supporting Language Acquisition Presentation
- Must be 14 to 16 slides in length (not including title and references slides) and formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center’s How to Make a PowerPoint Presentation.