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Developing Language and Literacy 3-8

Developing Language and Literacy 3-8

Third Edition

February 2009 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The Third Edition of Developing Language and Literacy 3 – 8 is an insightful introduction to teaching and learning English in the early years. The new edition has been fully updated to reflect requirements for teaching English in the early years, including the new curriculum guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage and the new Primary Framework. It covers all aspects of language and literacy and draws on contemporary ideas, research, and classroom expertise to guide practice.

The book includes chapters on:
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Reading
  • Resources for Language and Literacy
  • Writing
  • Spelling, Handwriting and Punctuation
  • Bilingual Learners
  • Language, Literacy and Gender
  • Children with Difficulties
  • Involving Parents and Care Givers
  • Assessment
  • Planning
Along with activities to promote reflective practice, the author provides suggestions for further reading, and useful websites. Further resource material for each chapter accompanies the book on the SAGE website at This book is an essential guide for early years and primary trainee teachers.

Speaking and Listening
Resources and Activities for Reading
Spelling, Handwriting and Punctuation
Bilingual Learners
Language, Literacy and Gender
Special Educational Needs
Working with Parents
Planning for Language and Literacy

'In the third edition of this book, Browne provides a fully updated guide to language and literacy in the early years, taking into account current research, policy and practice. Chapters cover a wide range of topics such as reading, writing and spelling as well as chapters on special educational needs, bilingual learners and assessment. The book is intended for early years and primary teachers and practitioners in training and will provide them with an easy to read, informative and comprehensive guide to how children acquire these skills' -
Early Years Educator

'I would thoroughly recommend this as a book which enables and empowers at many levels of experience. Every staff room should have a copy' - English Four to Eleven

'While the book is particularly useful for student teachers and NQTs, the reflective activities in each section, in particular, could inform teaching practice for all those seeking to develop language and literacy skills in their classroom - Literacy Time PLUS

This book is a useful resource for student teachers as it has quite a good layout in terms of topics covered. Also available are additional resources for the chapters on the SAGE website. Have found examples and case studies quite useful.

Mrs Kulwinder Maude
School of Education, Kingston University
July 6, 2016

This book has been extremely beneficial in helping to develop communication modules on the Early Years degree. It is set out well and easy to read, I will definitely be recommending it to my students to read in order to support them with their work and helping them to develop their knowledge further.

Miss Stefanie Crinks
Children and Young People, South Devon College
August 13, 2014

A very useful text for students which introduces them to the development of language and literacy in the early years and Key Stage 1. I am sure that the students will particularly find the sections on planning and resources very useful.

Mrs Jean Bourne
Community Studies, Herefordshire College of Technology
October 7, 2013

A comprehensive account of developing language and litearcy which can inform practice and aid research into this area. A useful addition to the English reading list for undergraduates in initial teacher education.

Mrs Suzanne Horton
Institute of Education, Worcester University
February 27, 2013

Ann Browne's 3rd edition is a comprehensive guide to language and literacy in a primary classroom. She has included everything to do with literacy from organising a Book Week to gifted and talented support. This is a great almanac for classroom teachers.

Ms Alison Shorer
Faculty of Education, University of Plymouth
August 28, 2012

A highly recommneded text for students who will specialise in Foundation Stage which presents pedegogical concepts clearly alongside practical examples.

Dr Alastair Daniel
Department of Education, London Metropolitan Uni (City Campus)
February 1, 2012

The book is important issue of classic texts on the language acquisition, espesially teaching and learning English in the early years. The new edition is suitable for my students, because of new curriculum guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage and the new Primary Framework in England as well.
On my point of view the design \ outline\ of the chapters is exellent with little plan at the begining and summary, reflective activities and suggestions for further reading at the end, examples of good practice.
My suggestion: to outline and analize the connection between language acquisition and literary ( literature for children) texts reception.

Professor Kristina Taneva
Faculty of education; Preschool department, Plovdiv University "Paisii Hiledarski"
January 4, 2012

good background reading for all teachers especially for those involved in the early years where they are teaching chidren to read

Mrs Diana Sutton
The Heath View Centre, Manchester Metropolitan University
September 12, 2011

Very useful supplementary text for our literacy input on Masters' courses.

Dr Pauline Sangster
Department of Educational Studies, Edinburgh University
May 18, 2011

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