Before children are able to formally decode words on a page, the experiences they have developing oral language skills greatly influence their mastery of language and may impact their success in school. On pgs. 41-42, your text cites research outcomes that support this statement.
Part 1 of DB Prompt: imagine yourself as a teacher who is explaining to your students’ parents the importance of meaningful oral language experiences. Use details from the theorists Piaget and Vygotsky. Briefly explain in your own words the Constructivist view and the Social Interactionist view on language development. Although your book says these 2 theories are at odds with each other, how might they complement each other? How can you use elements of both in your approach to developing learning experiences for your students?
For part 2 of this DB Prompt: How can you develop engaging and meaningful opportunities for your students to develop richer oral language? Give an example of an activity, whether it aligns with either the Constructivist view, the Social Interactionist view, or both.