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Language and Literacy for the Early Years



June 2012 | 184 pages | Learning Matters

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Shortlisted for the 2013 Nursery World Awards!

This is a focused text on early years' language and literacy for all students studying for degrees and foundation degrees in early childhood, early years and related disciplines and for candidates on EYPS pathways. It discusses language acquisition and development and covers development theory, talking with babies and the factors that affect development. Practical guidance on how to support children's language acquisition through rhymes, songs, story books and storytelling helps students see how theory links to practice. The text also examines the question 'what comes before phonics?' and includes interactive activities and theory focus features.

About the Early Childhood Studies Series

This series has been designed to support students of Early Years, Early Childhood Studies and related disciplines in popular modules of their course. Each text takes a focused look at a specific topic and approaches it in an accessible and user-friendly way. Features have been developed to help readers engage with the text and understand the subject from a number of different viewpoints. Activities pose questions to prompt thought and discussion and 'Theory Focus' boxes examine essential theory close-up for better understanding. This series is also applicable to EYPS candidates on all pathways.

Other titles in the series include Early Childhood Studies, Childhood in Society for Early Childhood Studies, Child Development for Early Childhood Studies and Exploring Play for Early Childhood Studies.

 
PART ONE : 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
 
PART TWO: SUPPORTING CHILDREN'S LANGUAGE ACQUISITION AND DEVELOPMENT
 
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
 
PART THREE: BECOMING A READER AND A WRITER
 
Understanding Literacy
 
Emergent Literacy
 
Phonics in the Early Years
 
References
 
Index

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

A well written and easily accessible book that will prove useful for students studying langauge acquisition and development. The inclusion of impact on reading and writing is particularly valuable to those working in the education section, and the focus on phonics is up to date and relevant. The 'definitions' of key terms is particularly useful throughout the book, and the case studies and activities make this a working, ongoing tool to aid progression.

Mrs Nicola Sperrin
Education and Community, University College Birmingham
July 8, 2013

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