Leer knee gal anguishes art twerk*

Teaching grammar in the language classroom

Katy Arnett

April 2015

*Learning a language is hard work

Language proficiency takes time

Comparing Apples & Oranges....and then Apples & Beach Balls

When children are learning their first language, 'developmental milestones' are regularly monitored to gauge the extent to which the skills are progressing 'normally.' At what age does the child begin to babble? When does the first word appear? At what point does the child start to string together multiple words? In their first language, children develop their skills at different rates, but there are generally accepted ranges/rates of language development marked as 'typical.' If a child's language develops later than what those ranges generally offer as guidance, a language intervention may occur.

When comparing the language development of two children in their first language, it is essentially a consideration of apples vs. oranges. Each child's unique combination of genetics and environment