VISTAS Counselor Professional and Career Development

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

What Counselors Need to Know about Language and Language Acquisition to Enhance Their Effectiveness with Clients

Marie Faubert and Emiliano Gonzalez


The following are examples of acquired language. Children have conversations with caregivers, other children, and imaginary friends. They can be seen role playing or acting out situations. Words are associated with objects. Gestures are often used in an effort to communicate. On the other hand, language learning is mostly seen in formal settings, for example, schools, colleges, and universities. Learning a language requires study of vocabulary, syntax, grammar, lexicon and other structural elements. 

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