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Language and Literacy for the Early Years

Language and Literacy for the Early Years

August 2012 | 184 pages | Learning Matters

This core text for early childhood studies and early years students focuses on communication, language and literacy in the pre-school years. The text begins by discussing language acquisition and development covering development theory, talking with babies and the factors that affect development. It goes on to give guidance on how to support children's language acquisition through rhymes, songs, story books and storytelling. Finally, it examines the roots of literacy and asks 'what comes before phonics?' Interactive activities are included throughout to engage the reader and research focus features help students make essential links between theory and practice.

Key Features

  • An accessible text covering a key topic
  • Includes activities and features to engage the reader with the text
  • Essential reading for early childhood language, literacy and communication modules
  • Gives practical guidance on supporting children's language acquisition

An Introduction to Language Acquisition
Understanding Language Acquisition and Development: Theories and Approaches
Language Development Charts
Talking with Babies
Factors that Affect Children's Language Acquisition and Development
Responding to Children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs
Interaction to Supoprt Language Acquisition and Development
Supporting Bilingual and Multilingual Children's Language Learning
Starting from the Child
Rhymes, Poems, Songs, Music and Stories
Creating a Literate Environment
Understanding Literacy
Emergent Literacy
Phonics in the Early Years

an interesting and accessible book that students found useful

Gwyneth Davies
Faculty of Education and Training, University of Wales, Trinity St David
February 12, 2015

This book covers the essential aspects of language and literacy development in the early years, and present very practical ways in which to link theory to practice in early years settings. Highly recommended.

Mrs Anna Colgan
Higher Education, Banbury and Bicester College
August 2, 2014

An excellent book looking at literacy and language. I am currently completing a speech and language as part of CPD and this book has been a helpful guide to me as well as the students and their language unit.

Mrs Pamela Canning
early , North West Institute
February 26, 2014

This book is a thorough and supportive text to support the students understanding and is in the reading list as an essential to support their understanding and application of learning. I was very impressed with the turnover of ordering to receipt of the books.

Ms Susan Dobre
Foundation Degree in Childcare and Education, Leyton Sixth Form College
December 20, 2013

Lovely introduction to this area of child development. Students will find this easy to engage with

Mrs Tanya Richardson
School of Education, Northampton University
September 21, 2013

This easily accessible text enables readers to understand the supportive environment necessary to facilitate language and literacy development. It also helps students to understand and recognise the needs of children with speech, language and communication difficulties and ways of responding to children's needs. The case studies throughout are an invaluable addition to this text and will help students link theory to practice.

Mrs Gillian Danby
School of Education and Community, Glyndwr University
September 5, 2013

A very detailed book that allows students to use for additional preperation for activities and reference

Mrs Karen Cooke
Health & Care, Trafford College
August 30, 2013

Revelant and student friendly.

Mrs Maria Robinson
HE Early Years, Carshalton College
August 22, 2013

An interesting read, particulary for Early Years Teachers. This text will support their understanding of providing the correct enviroments to support language and literacy with young children.

Mrs Nikki Fairchild
Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University
July 11, 2013

This is a very good basic introduction for 1st year undergraduates. The format is very accessible and the theory focus/activities will help students to fuse theory/practice as they prepare for Professional practice placements.

Dr Anna Ridgway
School of Education, University College Cork (NUI)
July 10, 2013

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