Theories of Development and Language Acquisition Essay

Theoretical Perspectives

Example of Checklist 1: Video 1: Story Time

Child’s Name: Kyla

Date Observed: April 7th 2014

The teacher is reading a story on how to make a pumpkin pie

Please write down at least five Reading Behaviors you expect to observe below:

Reading Behaviors Observed:

(Please checkmark any behaviors/characteristics observed below)

Characteristic Present

Demonstrates what the teacher does like “pouring, Kicking”

Expresses herself in complete sentences

Can complete sentences with the teacher

Follows the teachers narration attentively

Can keep track of the story

Example of Anecdotal Record:

Video 2: Sam Reading Books

Purpose of the Observation Identified: Vocabulary level

Date of Observation

April 7th 2014

Name of Child:


Age of Child

From this activity, Sam reads two books about animals. In the first book, although not audible, one can hear him mentioning some animal names like elephant, frog, and crow. As he finishes the first book, he does not mention the names but appears to describe them. However, he is inaudible and the words cannot be deciphered. This shows the level of literary development. In the second book, Sam concentrates more in counting the numbers rather the animals. He is attentive as he starts, but is carried from 5 onwards. His excitement and language development is evident when he mentions words like “5 is snakes, … 7 is dogs…” among others.

Video 3: Shared Reading: Complete Story Book Language Observation of one of the children in the video.

Child Says:


(There was an old lady who swallowed a fly)

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1. An old lady who swallowed a fly

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly

Child provides own title for story.

2. She swallowed a spider

Myra responds to the teacher’s question on “What was the second thing that she swallowed?”

The child responds in complete sentences.

Responds in past tense

Part II

Children develop language from the immediate environment they are exposed. Language development is a message that needs to be refined at an early stage in a child’s life. This occurs before any other developments in the brain. Language assessment has a big role in the advancement of speech learning among children. Through this evaluation, it will be possible to learn the needs of every child and what should be done to enhance their learning. This paper discusses the ways of assessing the learning rates of the children by using storybook, anecdotal recordings and brings out the advantages and disadvantages of the assessments (Gestwicki, 2013).

While assessing the learning progress of the child, the checklist is important since it brings the assessor up to speed when monitoring them. In such an assessment, it is beneficial always to…