A Level English Language
Many of you will be looking to cover the topic of Child Language Acquisition (CLA) with year 13 now, perhaps with an eye to providing it as a possible Investigation topic.
Edusites English includes a range of resources including a 24 page printable booklet which contains a comprehensive guide to the topic, covering key concepts in a range of frameworks and the central theories in some detail.
This guide is most useful for your own information as to the scope of what to cover.
What I particularly like about the comprehensive guide is that it provides some tips on gaining material to use in the classroom (including how useful the Teletubbies can be!). One update to add to this is the TV programmes ‘The Secret Lives of 4 (and 5 and 6) Year Olds’ have been fantastic for child language data – both for classroom viewing and for some NEAs.
I also very much appreciate that the guide covers reading and writing as well as speech. Please don’t be alarmed that speech is covered in much more depth: there simply is more to learn about spoken acquisition in terms of theory and concepts. Reading in fact is no longer on the spec as such, but the students who learn about it understand children’s writing much more effectively and can make far more intelligent comments about it, so it is worth doing. Also, conducting a ‘memories’ starter on how they learned to read (Biff, Chip and Kipper, anyone?) is a real joy!
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NEA Investigation Basics Thinking about getting your year 13s started on Investigations? If so, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. There’s a great guide here on Edusites, written with the AQA specification’s NEA in mind, but it should help you out too if you’re an Eduqas or OCR English Language teacher. The guide fits the requirements of the current specification, and has an example of a nice approachable music-themed project that you could easily show to a class and work through with them, to help them get their heads around what an investigation is.