Children Acquiring Literacy Naturally

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About this course: In this short course you will explore the possibility that children might acquire written language in a way that is similar to how they acquire spoken language—without instruction. You will encounter various aspects of behavioral science and technology that are relevant to this proposition. You will have the opportunity to learn the the perceptual, cognitive, and neurological capacities of children during their first years of life. You will advance your understanding of children and how they learn language. You will also be more attuned to current advances in the technology of human machine interactions, and what these phenomena imply for learning to read at an early …

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When you enroll for courses through Coursera you get to choose for a paid plan or for a free plan

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About this course: In this short course you will explore the possibility that children might acquire written language in a way that is similar to how they acquire spoken language—without instruction. You will encounter various aspects of behavioral science and technology that are relevant to this proposition. You will have the opportunity to learn the the perceptual, cognitive, and neurological capacities of children during their first years of life. You will advance your understanding of children and how they learn language. You will also be more attuned to current advances in the technology of human machine interactions, and what these phenomena imply for learning to read at an early age.

Who is this class for: Parents, Early Childhood Educators, K-6 Teachers, Developmental Psychologists

Created by:  University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Taught by:  Dr. Dominic William Massaro, Research Professor

    Psychology
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Syllabus


WEEK 1


Week 1 Introduction, Challenges, and Language
Universal literacy, differences between spoken and written language, models of perception and processing, and implications of natural acquisition of reading.


12 videos, 1 reading expand


  1. Video: Welcome
  2. Reading: Week 1 Overview
  3. Video: Challenges and Possibilities
  4. Discussion Prompt: Belief and Truth
  5. Video: Overview of Language
  6. Discussion Prompt: Communication Difficulties
  7. Video: Spoken vs. Written Language
  8. Video: Analogous Processes in Speech Perception and Reading
  9. Video: Is Speech Perception Special?
  10. Video: Critique of Motor Theory
  11. Video: Fuzzy Logical Model of Perception
  12. Video: Top-Down Influences on Language Processing
  13. Video: Neural and Behavioral Development
  14. Video: Visual Word Form Area and Critical Periods
  15. Discussion Prompt: Conversation with a Child
  16. Video: Implications for Learning to Read Naturally
  17. Discussion Prompt: Questions for your instructor


WEEK 2


Week 2 Acquiring Spoken and Written Language
Influences on language learning, iconicity, recognition skills of infants, visual processes in reading, and rapid serial visual processing.


14 videos, 2 readings expand


  1. Reading: Week 2 Overview
  2. Video: Acquiring Language
  3. Video: Learning Words
  4. Video: Multiple Sources of Information Perspective part 1
  5. Video: Multiple Sources of Information Perspective part 2
  6. Reading: Iconicity Ratings
  7. Video: Iconicity
  8. Discussion Prompt: Iconicity Sample
  9. Video: Recognition Skills of Infants
  10. Video: Acquiring Early Reading Skill
  11. Discussion Prompt: Adapting Speed-Reading for Children
  12. Video: Visual Processes that Support Reading
  13. Video: Uppercase and Lowercase Letters
  14. Video: Fundamental Processes Involved in Reading
  15. Video: Tunnel Vision in Reading
  16. Video: Eye Movements During Reading
  17. Video: Rapid Serial Visual Processing (RSVP)
  18. Video: Optimizing RSVP
  19. Discussion Prompt: Reading with RSVP
  20. Discussion Prompt: Course Project Proposal


WEEK 3


Week 3 Reading, Early Reading, and Technological Innovations
The nature of reading, reading myths, current approaches to teaching reading, demographics of literacy and illiteracy, and technological innovations.


15 videos, 1 reading expand


  1. Reading: Week 3 Overview
  2. Video: Measuring Reading Skill
  3. Video: How We Perceive Letters and Words
  4. Video: Reading Words
  5. Video: Search for Magical Solutions
  6. Video: Testing Top-Down Influences
  7. Video: Written vs. Spoken Language
  8. Video: Traditional View of Learning to Read
  9. Discussion Prompt: Augmented or Virtual Reality and Reading
  10. Video: Views of Reading
  11. Video: Learning Written Language
  12. Video: Writing and Reading
  13. Video: Print Influences in Early Reading
  14. Video: Technological Advances
  15. Discussion Prompt: Technology-Enhanced Environment
  16. Video: Shared Reading Interventions
  17. Video: Possible Implementations
  18. Discussion Prompt: Picking up Written Language
  19. Video: Potential Impacts of Technology Assisted Reading Acquisition

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