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Table of Contents

Introduction. Part I. Language and Thinking. 1. Defining Language. 2. Language Acquisition: Learning to Think. 3. The Study of Language Functions: Thinking. Part II. English Language Functions. 4. The Cultural-Linguistic Properties of English. 5. Living with a Visual Brain in an Auditory World: A Paradigm Shift. 6. Language, Literacy and Thinking. Part III. Language - How Do We Assess and Intervene? 7. Assessment of Pre-language Thinkers. 8. Intervention for Pre-Production, Pre-Language Thinkers. 9. Intervention for Verbal Pre-Language Thinkers. 10. Language Thinkers. 11. Linguistic Thinkers. 12. Language Function Affects Behavior. Part IV. Educational Applications of Language Function. 13. The Language-Based Primary Classroom. 14. The Language-Based Intermediary Classroom. 15. The Language of Concrete to Formal Thinkers. 16. Evidence-Based Research for Viconic Language Methods. References. Appendices. Glossary. Index.

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Revolutionary model of how a learner acquires language, and how to impose visual language onto the audible

About the Author

Dr. Ellyn Lucas Arwood is a speech and language pathologist who has been working in higher education for 39 years. As the author of six textbooks and numerous articles and monographs on language and learning, she has established a reputation as an expert in how language is used for learning and how language and cognition interact. As a practitioner in education, Dr. Arwood is often referred to as a "lady before her time". Her development of assessment methods and instructional strategies for children and adults has positively influenced the lives of thousands of individuals, both nationally and internationally. She is a professor in the School of Education at the University of Portland and resides in Tualatin, Oregon.


The book is well-illustrated with case studies and is full of practical ideas for intervention, as well as handling complicated theory in an accessible way... Thinking about the way language functions is crucial to successful learning and visual language function is emphasised over the traditional auditory function of language as key to this success. A fresh approach, worth reading. -- bulletin

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