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1. (b).

Which of the three theories or combination of theories above best explain how you
acquire your mother tongue or first language? Support your answer with examples from your
own experience.
Mother tongue or first language is a process whereby children from infancy through early
school years acquire their first languages. The best theories to acquire mother tongue are
combination of behavioral theory and interactionist theory.
In behavioral theory, children imitate what they hear, and then continue with positive
support from their parents. Children learn to associate certain stimuli with certain behaviors
and responses. With continue reinforcement, children learn appropriate responses and
behaviors, which lead towards language development. With continue positive reinforcement in
the environment, children have positive outcomes in their language development.
Similar to the behaviorist theory, the interactionist theory believes that nurture is
crucial in the process of language development. With a focus on pragmatic knowledge, children
enhance their language acquisition through communication in various social environments such
as in school. Social interaction is most important in acquiring skills. This is so because, as
language acquisition is influenced by the one's surroundings, social interaction is important in
helping children acquire language according to societal and cultural norms of their community.