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    Three language aquisition theories

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    Describe the type of classroom suggested by a behaviorist classroom and a innatist classroom and a interactionist classroom.
    talk about teachers roles in each, how errors are handled, and grouping patterns
    for example, whole, group and individual learning

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    Skinner, who was a Behaviorist, argued that language acquisition is like any kind of cognitive behavior - it is learnt by reinforcement and shaping. He also calls this operant conditioning - where the child goes through trial-and-error, in other words, where the child tries and fails to use correct language until it succeeds; with reinforcement and shaping provided by the parents gestures (smiles, attention and approval) which are pleasant to the child. Parents, whom ignore unfamiliar sounds and show increased attention to the reinforced phonemes, extinguish the acquisition of phonemes and morphemes. The morphemes then become refined into words by shaping. Parents' accuracy will lead to total extinguishment of "baby" pronunciation and finally, by selective reinforcement and behavior shaping, words will be shaped into telegraphic two-word sentences, later into sentences until the full language has been acquired. Skinner differentiated between two types of verbal responses that a child makes. One of them, the command is verbal behavior that is reinforced by the child receiving something it wants. For example, when the child sees a chocolate, it can show its own demand by calling out "choc". As the child used appropriate verbal behavior, he then receives chocolate and reinforcement. The other one is tact, which is verbal behavior caused by imitating others. For instance, ...

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    Three language aquisition theories are illustrated in classroom practice.