SLP

Language Stage 5

The person at Stage 5 learns to use the articles a and the. The concept of past tense becomes more refined. They learn that some verbs are irregular and don’t use -ed as a past tense ending. All this happens by listening, experimenting, and attending to good models. The person begins to use verbs that end in -s for third person regular present tense.

Approx. Vocab. Size Utterance Length in Morphemes* Examples
2,000 to 3,000 words Range: 3.75 to 4.5 Mean: 4.0 Mom is coming in. Dad will help me. Look at it go. Those are my cars.

*a morpheme is the smallest unit of meaning in a language

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Language Objectives

  • Continue to speak in simple complete sentences
  • Increase the number of words he or she uses meaningfully
  • Continue to use simple complete sentences to express requests
  • Use articles a and the appropriately
  • Use past tense linking verbs was and were correctly
  • Use past tense verbs ending in ed correctly
  • Use verbs ending in s to agree with third person subject in sentences
  • Add s to nouns to show possession
  • Express future actions by using going to and will

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