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Language & Literacy in the Early Years 0-7

Fourth Edition

March 2010 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Praise for the previous edition:

"The text relates theory and practice in an easily readable form with particularly helpful sections on key terminology and summaries within each chapter. A most useful, practical text which no early years practitioner should be without" - Jacqueline Barbera, Director of Undergraduate ITT, Liverpool Hope University College

This Fourth Edition of Language and Literacy in the Early Years has been fully revised and updated to reflect current professional interests and the latest developments in the field. The book provides comprehensive coverage of issues in language, literacy and learning, focusing on the age range from birth to eight years. New material covers theory of mind, key persons, and social and emotional dimensions of learning. The author has added material on difficulties with language development; phonics and the new literacies. Key terms, further reading and a revised layout make the book accessible to students.

The author emphasizes the joy and creativity involved in supporting young children's development as speakers, writers and readers. While taking account of current initiatives and programs, the author supports flexible teaching methods in what is a complex teaching and learning process. The book is fully illustrated with examples and photos from early childhood settings.

This book is essential reading for primary and early years students, practitioners, classroom assistants and foundation stage teachers.


 
PART ONE: LANGUAGE AND LEARNING
 
Linguistics: The Study of Language
 
Sociolinguistics: Language and Cultures
 
Psycholinguistics: Early Language Acquisition
 
Psycholinguistics: Language and Thinking
 
The Early Years Practitioner and Knowledge about Language
 
PART TWO: LITERACY
 
Narrative and Storying
 
Books and the World of Literature
 
Early Representation and Emerging Writing
 
The Early Years Practitioner and Literacy

'This book shoudl be read by all those involved in Early Years settings, in order to understand the moral imperative of creating environments which recognise the uniquely individual social and cultural experiences that young children bring to formalised learning. The greatest strength of this text is the ability of the writer to annexe complex research to the compelling need for the practitioner to understand how young children both make meaning and use language to make new meaning as they learn to communicate in a range of modes' -
English 4-11 Magazine


'This new edition of a highly regarded and very well-presented text on young children's language and literacy development is thoroughly up-to-date and relevant to practitioners working with children from birth to five in the Early Years Foundation Stage and teachers of children in Years 1 and 2. It provides, in an extremely readable and accessible way, the key theories which practitioners need to be familiar with in order to support the language and literacy development of young children in their care...Students will find the connection between theory and practice illuminating and a great help in their studies'
- Early Years Update


'This book is key reading for primary and early years students, early years practitioners classroom assistants and Early Years Foundation Stage teachers' -
Early Years Educator


Praise for the Third Edition :

'The text relates theory and practice in an easily readable form with particularly helpful sections on key terminology and summaries within each chapter. A most useful, practical text which no early years practitioner should be without' - Jacqueline Barbera, Director of Undergraduate ITT, Liverpool Hope University College


A great foundation book for understanding what is literacy and language in the early years. with practical examples of how to implement language and literacy in the early years.

Mrs leanne Hall
International & Continuing Education, Tyne Metropolitan College
June 27, 2018

This is the textbook that the students are working on to understand Psycholinguistics and Sociolinguistics for their Multilingual learning.

Dr Amoafi Kwapong
SCHOOL OF HEALTH AND COMMUNITY, Croydon College
February 25, 2016

An excellent book that covers all the important elements of language and literacy development, and explains them clearly. Highly recommended.

Mrs Anna Colgan
Higher Education, Banbury and Bicester College
March 3, 2015

This book will be highly recommended for the Supporting Children's Literacy Skills Module for my students in their early years course. The text is useful and provides clear understanding of teaching young children and supporting their language and literacy development. Many thanks

Mrs Donna O'Connor
Hair Beauty & Early Years, NWRC
April 15, 2014

An excellent guide to language and literacy in the under 7's. For those completing a speech and language course it helps to relate theory to practice. An interesting read.

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

Another outstanding book by Whitehead that focuses on children’s language and literacy development from birth to seven. A useful resource for student.

Mrs Svetlana Shivacheva
University Centre Croydon, Croydon College
June 9, 2013

This book will be added to the reading list for the Communication, Language and Literacy module taught to second year B.Ed students.

Mr Ian Barrett
Department of Education, London Metropolitan Uni (North Campus)
May 1, 2013

This book provides useful material for students in relation to language acquisition, reading and writing . The book is clearly laid out.

Mrs Gill Fry
Education, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
March 4, 2013

Very supportive content and understandable for someone looking at language and literacy in the early years for the first time at foundation level. Good overall content.

Mrs Susan Turner
School of Health and Enterprise, Newcastle College
February 17, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

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Chapter Two


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