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How Much Do You Know About Early Oral Language Development?


Susan and Esther, the framing and content of the questions in this quiz make it sound like a companion to Englemann's Direct Instruction techniques for language development in underprivileged children. Your comment?

Hardly. Our program couldn't be further from it. We teach words in the context of shared book reading of meaningful topics and engage children in thinking deeply about content. You might want to check out my book, 'All About Words' (Teachers College Press):

a problematic quiz. For example, the very first question does not say what what the answer presumes it says. In fact, children WILL build their vocabularies without that kind of intentionality on the part of teachers. The answer addresses the the question of whether children will build their vocabularies *sufficiently*. These simplistic questions -- as so often is the case with fact/myth quizzes -- have assumed values and intentions that are not stated explicitly. That's too bad, because this is a foundational issue in k12 education, and it should not be necessary to resort to such tricks.


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