QuestionsCategory: Pedagogy of EnglishWhat does Skinner say about language acquisition?
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B.F. Skinner’s behaviorist theory of language was the widely accepted language acquisition theory during the late 1950s and 1960s. He believed that language is acquired under reinforcement principles. He argued that children acquire language through reinforcement practices and they associate words with meaning. He stated three main principles which include the following:
  1. “Behavior  that  is  positively  reinforced  will  reoccur;  intermittent  reinforcement  is particularly effective.”
  2. “Information should be presented in small amounts so that responses can be reinforced (“shaping”)”.
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