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2012

Technological University Dublin

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Child Language In The Early Years, Maire Mhic Mhathuna Jan 2012

Child Language In The Early Years, Maire Mhic Mhathuna

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This chapter describes how children acquire their first language in the early years. Some children also acquire a second language in early years setting and the processes and adult supports that assist them are described. These include dynamic scaffolding and environmental supports. The main theories of first and second language acquisition are reviewed and the importance of supportive facilitation by nurturing adults is emphasised.