This assignment gives students the opportunity to explore how parents think about their children’s communicative abilities and find out what they do to facilitate communication and language acquisition (CLO 2 and PLO 5).
To complete this assignment, follow the steps outlined below:
1. Find a family with a child between the ages of 6 months and 2 ½ years. Plan to spend 15-20 minutes talking with a parent or family member.
2. Before you begin your interview, print this worksheet and write a series of questions for each topic. Note that you will need to create interview questions specific to your interests and the child’s age and background. Be sure that your questions are clear, relevant, and engaging. Plan a series of follow up questions in case your interviewee is unclear on how to respond.
3. Record your interview notes in the boxes below each question (this portion of the assignment may be handwritten). Be sure to take good notes as you may revisit this assignment when you write your final paper in the course.
5. After the interview, type a brief (approximately 300 word) summary that addresses the following: What do your interviewee’s responses tell you about the development of language and communicative competence? How might certain individual and social factors influence this process? Be sure to make explicit links to key terms and concepts covered in the course and textbook (see Ch. 3).
6. Find at least one empirical, peer-reviewed journal article that addresses some of the observations or ideas that emerged from your interview. Write the complete APA citation at the end of your summary and print the abstract or first page of this article.
7. Compile and staple the following: 1) this document, complete with your interview questions and notes, 2) your interview summary and APA citation, and 3) a copy of the article abstract or first page. Submit this packet to your instructor by the due date stipulated in your course syllabus.
Child’s Name (or pseudonym): Child’s Age:
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Topic #1: Describe the current linguistic and communicative competence of the child (e.g., what does the child say or do to communicate? does the child understand your attempts to communicate? how do you know?).
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Topic #2: Identify the ways by which the family helps the child communicate (e.g., what do they do to help their child communicate more effectively and/or understand others? do they use child-directed speech (“motherese”)? why or why not?).
Topic #3: Explore the parent/adults’ role in facilitating their child’s development (e.g., do they do anything special to help the child learn language? do they correct their child’s errors? if so, what kinds of errors do they correct and how? do they read with their child? if so, why?).