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'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
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.
This is the textbook that the students are working on to understand Psycholinguistics and Sociolinguistics for their Multilingual learning.
An excellent book that covers all the important elements of language and literacy development, and explains them clearly. Highly recommended.
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
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.
Another outstanding book by Whitehead that focuses on children’s language and literacy development from birth to seven. A useful resource for student.
This book will be added to the reading list for the Communication, Language and Literacy module taught to second year B.Ed students.
This book provides useful material for students in relation to language acquisition, reading and writing . The book is clearly laid out.
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.
Students in the early years and primary found this text quite useful and enhanced their understanding of pedagogy in the Early Years. This text will be recommended in the Early Years specialism module delivery for this academic year.
An accessible and clear exposition of complex theories and their practical application to early years practice.
My colleague on the Early years team has found this book very useful and is recommending it to students.
This book is most helpful and excellently written for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
The text is in support of the course module: Child Development; it has proven useful for students to access the materials pre3seneted in this book when analysing children's language development. The assignments reflect a reasonable number of students referring to tis source in their assignments. Thank you
This continues to be our core text for Primary and Early Years English, language and literacy. We also use the chapters on language development and narrative and storying to support students on our Dialogic Talking and Learning undergraduate Educational Studies module.
This is a very useful guide to early language acquisition and learning for new practitioners. I particularly liked the learning and teaching suggestions which show how theory can relate to practice. The summary boxes provide useful reference points and the section on emergent writing is a particular strength of the book.
Multiple copies have been requested as an addition to our library stock. Nice digestible (student friendly) information that informs good practice in the early years.
Excellent book by an outstanding author in this field: both accessibly written and up to date, and of a high standard of scholarship.
This is a very good text that introduces students to the links between language and literacy in a very accessible form. It is well suited in supplementing and complementing the undergraduate psycholinguisitcs and literacy course