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Learning to Talk

Learning to Talk
The many contexts of children’s language development

May 2021 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

There is a pressing need for new teachers to understand the wider context of language development and to know how best to support children in learning to talk.

This accessible text introduces trainee teachers to the numerous contexts of language development.  It supports readers to understand the many ways in which children acquire language skills.  Importantly, it provides a breadth of learning about language not offered by other texts exploring typical language development, atypical language development and learning more than one language.  The text also explores the current literature and research on language development for primary aged children, supporting trainee teachers with their academic study.

Throughout, case studies help trainees to link theory and practice and help them to see how their teaching can be adapted and enhanced to better support children.  

Part I – introductory concepts
Chapter 1: Learning to talk: how do they do it?
Chapter 2: Talking about talk
Part II – typical language development
Chapter 3: Early monolingual language development – 0-5
Chapter 4: Later language development – 5-11
Part III – learning more than one language
Chapter 5: The bilingual child: simultaneous bilingualism
Chapter 6: The bilingual child: consecutive bilingualism
Part IV – atypical language development
Chapter 7: Atypical language development- sensory, cognitive and social impairments
Chapter 8: Developmental language disorder

Excellent introduction to how children learn to talk, essential for early years practitioners

Mrs Sam Wagstaff
Arts, Creative Industries and Education, University of The West of England
March 30, 2022