Assessing language development: the Crediton project
The title of John Dixon's book Growth Through English represents a view of English teaching which nowadays many would subscribe to. English teachers have always felt a special responsibility for the personal development of their students, and the literature abounds with terms like 'growth', 'fruition', 'development', 'maturity'. These terms, however, are notoriously illdefined. And there are clearly differences between the language of (say) a one-year-old, a five-year-old, and a ten-year-old. Development obviously takes place, but does not take place obviously.