Language and Comprehension in Children Article Review by Nicky

A review of the articles "Conversation: The Comprehension Connection" by A. Ketch and "Language in Primary Classrooms" by G.S. Pinnell.
# 150406 | 1,688 words | 2 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Feb 10, 2012 in Communication (Language and Speech) , Education (Elementary School)

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The paper provides a summary of the main ideas on language and comprehension in children in the articles "Conversation: The Comprehension Connection" and "Language in Primary Classrooms". The paper finds that the authors of both articles understand the importance of the capacity to learn and understand in oral language and also emphasize the roles that educators play in ensuring that children master language and comprehension skills while they are young.


From the Paper:

"The seven Functions of Speech that Pinnell discusses are Instrumental, regulatory, interactional, personal, imaginative heuristic and informative. Instrumental language refers to language that is vocalized for the purpose of satisfying needs or desire. An example of instrumental language is "I would like". Regulatory language occurs as a means to control behavior. An example of this type of language is "Go there". Interactional is defined as language designed to engage in social relationship. An example of this type of language is "Let's dance". Personal language involves the offering of personal opinions and might include a phrase such as "I have come". The imaginative function of language conveys fantasies and includes such phrases as "Let's make-believe". Heuristic language is associated with attempting to discover things. Heuristic language uses phrases such as "I wonder why". Finally information language involves presenting information about the world and his./her experiences. This type of language might include phrases such as "I have to tell you something".
"In discussing the manner in which children use these functions the primary goal of the writer is to demonstrate that children need to utilize all of the forms of language. She explains that many who work with children including teachers often ignore the imaginative use of language in children."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ketch, A (2005). Conversation: The comprehension connection. The Reading Teacher, 59(1) 8-13.
  • Pinnell, G.S. (1975). Language in primary classrooms. Theory into Practice, 14(5), 318-327.

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