This volume systematically applies the accumulated knowledge of developmental psycholinguistics to the field of language instruction. The first part of the book draws together a wide range of theoretical material from developmental psycholinguistics. Furthermore, suggestions are made of how psycholinguistically based material can be graded in the various years of elementary school. The second part presents practical applications, maps out experimentation done in elementary schools, and analyzes the results obtained from a series of interviews and language tests. In closing, a summary is made of the volume's central topics relating to developmental psycholinguistic theory and teaching techniques.
Series Editor's Introduction THE THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK A PRAGMATIC VIEW: COMMUNICATIVE INTENTIONS The Nature of Communicative Intentions Categorizing Communicative Intentions Communicative Intentions in Schools FROM WORDS TO SENTENCES The First Step Towards Sentences: Vertical Constructions Towards the Nuclear Sentence Towards the Mastery of Other Sentence Structures The Sequence of Sentence Acquisition in Italian Children and German Children Sentence Structures at School. Lexical Development First Words at School THE ACQUISITION OF SOME MORPHOSYNTACTICAL ELEMENTS First Speech, Then Grammar The Beginning of Morphosyntax Morphosyntax Morphosyntax at School EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY AND SECOND LANGUAGE TEACHING Educational Goals. Interaction in the School Setting Group Work EXPERIMENTATION ACTIVITIES IN THE CLASSROOM Games of Let's Pretend The Pragmatic Basis of Language Other Games Teaching Formats Concluding Comments THE INTERVIEW AND ACHIEVEMENT TESTS IN SECOND LANGUAGE The Interview The Results of the Interview Results Obtained in the Achievement Tests in Second Language at the End of the First Teaching Year (Third Grade) Results Obtained in Second Language Tests at the End of the Second Teaching Year (Fourth Grade) The Analysis of Some Morphosyntactic Aspects Results of the Second Language Test at the End of the Third Teaching Year (Fifth Grade) Concluding Comments Conclusion References Author Index Subject Index