P4 - Describe the stages of second language development.

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1. The silent period is when children aren't communicating verbally, but through body language and facial expressions. This is the first stage of learning English, as they don't know the second language yet and are getting to understand it. Through this stage they are taking in their surrounding and are listening to other children and staff which supports their learning.

2. The second stage of learning the second language is the Early Production, which shows the are interested in listening to others, and are wanting to form the language. And, when listening they understand what is being said, and they gain vocabulary in that second language. They learn new language by listening to others, and having other children to surround themselves with.

3. The 3rd stage is when the speech emerges and the child begins to understand the second language vocabulary and the comprehensions of sounds. This helps them develop words and sentences, however they may make errors but they are still learning.

4. As they develop into their setting and the support is in place, they move into the 4th stage where they begin to become intermediate fluent. This is when they have had an increased level of accuracy in their vocabulary of the second language, and are now able to use the second language to express their own feelings.

5. The last stage is when they have masters the second language, this means they are able to produce the second language using a variety of grammar structure and vocabulary. this stage is when they are most confident with their language, are easily able to understand others whilst at school.

6. Chomsky's theory on language acquisition was based on that 'language was innate, which was that language that is being learnt or what you speak was there from birth'. (Bright hub Education, 2012) Looking at this, makes me understand that the second language has always been in the surroundings of a child's life, so at some point before school they've heared it.