Social And Cultural Factors Have A Significant Influence

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Social and cultural factors have a significant influence on the way a child interprets and views language. Language is a form of behaviour, a series of cultural and social practices that should be seen as appropriate (or not appropriate) for a given context (Green 2006). We could describe language as a set of conventions or rules that have been developed over time to provide communication and speech between one another. Not only is language important to society but specifically to education and most importantly in the classroom. Language is conventional and dynamic, shared across multiple cultures. Its universal in the case that everyone understands language. If its speaking, or things like music, dance, drama. They are all different…show more content…
Language was given meaning over time and each word or phrase or saying is unique. I strongly agree with the Grugeon and Gardner statement. It places an important emphasis on the fact that as much as we sometimes want to view language as an object, there is always meaning behind it, and that human interaction was so significant in shaping language. It gave that meaning and emotion behind it and from the beginning, language was influenced strongly by human interaction and it is through this and meaning that language has been influenced. Throughout past years, numerous theorists that have developed and come up with ideas about how language and literacy and our cognitive development are largely influenced by our social and cultural interactions. Lee Vygotsky, a Russian theorist in the late 1900’s, had a major influence on the socio cultural theory and proposed ideas about language and cognitive development. His theory suggests that cognitive development or the higher mental function develops in stages. He soon identified that there were three stages which consisted of ‘clustering things into unorganised heaps’, ‘putting things into complexes based on concrete factual bonds’ and finally ‘thinking in concepts’ (Vygotsky 1978). Vygotsky stated that learning is a necessary and universal aspect of the process of developing culturally organised, specifically
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