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Dr. Josh Thompson (he/him)

Professor Early Childhood Education

Department of Curriculum & Instruction

Office Location: EdSouth 204

Office Hours: By appointment

Phone: 903-886-5537


Professional Vita

ECE 358 Language Acquisition

Course Description

This course explores the first and second language acquisition and development of elementary children, including English Language Learners, with special emphasis given to the nature and function of both oral and written language, theories of first and second language acquisition, language and cognition, developmental stages in learning to talk, dialectical and linguistic differences, and partnering with parents to foster language and literacy development.

Goals of the Course

This course surveys the literature on language in relation to children’s linguistic development in first and second language. Special emphasis will be given to such topics as the nature and function of language, theories of language acquisition, English Language Learners, language and cognition, and developmental stage of language and learning to read.

Course Materials


Required Texts: Otto B. (2018). Language Development in Early Childhood Education (5th ed.). NY: Pearson. ISBN-13: 978-0134552620 ISBN-10: 0134552628

(e-book or rented text or paperback all acceptable. Used copies are available out there. No need for enhanced text or digital lab).

Required eTexts:

CCIE. (2016). Exchange Everyday. Redmond, WA: Childcare Information Exchange. Delivered five days a week containing news, success stories, solutions, trend reports, and much more. Enroll in ExchangeEveryDay, a daily electronic newsletter all about early childhood education. This will help you keep up-to-date with all things topical and pertinent in early childhood education. ExchangeEveryDay is the official electronic newsletter for It will be delivered to you five days a week bringing news stories, success stories, solutions, trend reports, and much more. To subscribe to ExchangeEveryDay, a free daily e-newsletter, go to

NAEYC & IRA. (1998). Learning to read and write: Developmentally appropriate practices for young children.

Texas Education Agency. (2009). English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS).

Zero To Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families (2014). Beyond the Word Gap: Language and Learning Develop in the Context of Early Relationships. Washington, DC: Zero to Three.


Required Readings, as provided by the professor. For example:

Dickinson, D.K., & Tabors, P.O. (2002). Fostering language and literacy in classrooms and homes. Young Children 57(2), 10-18.

Magruder, E.S., Hayslip, W.W., Espinosa, L.M., & Matera, C. (2015). Many Languages, One Teacher: Supporting Language and Literacy Development for Dual Language Learners. In Dombrink-Gree, M, Bohart, H., & Nemeth, K. Spotlight on Young Children: Supporting Dual Language Learners (pp. 24-32). Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Morrow, L.M., Strickland, D., & Woo, D. (1998). Creating a Framework for Literacy-Rich Environments. In Morrow, L.M., Strickland, D., & Woo, D.  (eds.) Literacy instruction in half- and whole-day kindergarten: Research to practice (pp. 98-111). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

Recommended Resources:

Beaty, J. J., & Pratt, L. (2015). Early literacy in preschool and kindergarten: A multicultural perspective (4th ed.). Boston: Pearson. 

Hadaway, Nancy L., & Vardell, Sylvia M. (2003). What Every Teacher Should Know About English Language Learners. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Morrow, Leslie Mandel (2015). Literacy Development in the Early Years: Helping Children Learn to Read and Write (8th ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon. ISBN:978-0-13-357429-6.

Nemeth, Karen N. (2009). Many Languages, One Classroom: Teaching Dual and English Language Learners. Gryphon House.

Piper, Terry. (2012). Making Meaning, Making Sense: Children’s Early Language Learning. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education. ISBN: 978-1-62178-038-0.

Materials for Gallery Walk

  1. Family Communication App/Flyer/Protocol  (Explore resources on
  2. HAND development (Explore resources on
  3. Phonological Awareness Activities
  4. Storytelling Activities
  5. Picture-Label vocabulary cards
  6. Booklist


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