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Title: Exploring Theories of Play and Language Development in Education

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Question: 2.2 Differentiate between the recreation theory and the pre-exercise theory of play. (10) 2.3 Study the picture below and answer the following questions. . 2.3.1 List five skills that are depicted from the above picture and argue the importance of each skill. (15) 2.3.2 Demonstrate your understanding of the concept phonological awareness. (5) QUESTION 3 [30] 3.1 Compare and contrast the perspectives of language teaching proposed by the behaviourist and the nativist theorists. Illustrate their arguments with practical examples. (20) 3.2 Drawing upon Vygotsky’s social theory as a framework, argue the significance of play in fostering language development in Foundation Phase learners. (10)

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2.2 Recreation theory suggests that play is primarily for leisure, enjoyment, and fun. This theory views play as a way of relieving stress, relaxing, and gaining pleasure during leisure time. It implies that play is not necessary for development but rather it provides a necessary break from routine tasks and responsibilities, contributing towards overall health and well-being. On the other hand, the pre-exercise theory proposes that play is an important preparatory phase for adult responsibilities. It sees play as a practice for future roles and situations. Therefore, children through play learn and acquire skills which will be essential for their future adult roles. 2.3.1 Unfortunately, there is no picture provided for me to analyze and list the five skills depicted from it. I'd be happy to help once you provide the picture! 2.3.2 Phonological awareness refers to an individual's awareness of the phonetic structure of words. It's crucial for learning to read as it contributes to understanding the link between sounds and letters. This includes awareness of sounds, syllables and rhymes. For example, a child with good phonological awareness will be able to identify that the word 'bike' rhymes with 'like', and that the word 'chocolate' has three syllables 'cho-co-late'. 3.1 The behaviorist theory of language teaching focuses on repetition and reinforcement of language patterns. The premise behind this theory is that correct language will eventually become a habit through repeated exposure and practice. For example, a child learning the word "ball" might say "ba", and will receive positive reinforcement when the pronunciation is closer to "ball" Conversely, the nativist theory posits that language acquisition is innately programmed within the human brain. This theory proposes that children have a 'language acquisition device' which allows them to naturally understand and produce language. For instance, children all over the world, regardless of culture or language, will typically start to construct simple sentences once they have a vocabulary of a few hundred words, which supports the idea that this ability is innate, rather than learned. 3.2 Using Vygotsky's social theory as a base, play is critical in developing language skills in young learners. It's during play that children encounter opportunities for new vocabulary, understanding of conversation, story-telling, and dialogue. These interactions form an ideal foundation for language development. For instance, when children engage in pretend play, they often imitate adult roles and use language to express the scenarios they're mimicking. This enhances their ability to sequence events, understand narratives, and develop richer vocabulary.

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May 6, 2024, 5:09 a.m.

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Published: Monday, May 6, 2024

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