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Language and Literacy for the Early Years

Language and Literacy for the Early Years

August 2012 | 184 pages | Learning Matters

This core text for early childhood studies and early years students focuses on communication, language and literacy in the pre-school years. The text begins by discussing language acquisition and development covering development theory, talking with babies and the factors that affect development. It goes on to give guidance on how to support children's language acquisition through rhymes, songs, story books and storytelling. Finally, it examines the roots of literacy and asks 'what comes before phonics?' Interactive activities are included throughout to engage the reader and research focus features help students make essential links between theory and practice.

Key Features

  • An accessible text covering a key topic
  • Includes activities and features to engage the reader with the text
  • Essential reading for early childhood language, literacy and communication modules
  • Gives practical guidance on supporting children's 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
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
Understanding Literacy
Emergent Literacy
Phonics in the Early Years

'Those studying early childhood and related areas at degree level will find this book very useful for tackling course modules relating to language acquisition. Practical guidance, which includes case studies, outlines how to support language acquisition through rhymes, songs, story books and storytelling and helps students to understand how theory links to practice'
-Nursery World

'This is an ideal text for all students studying early childhood degrees and foundation degrees, or for those achieving Early Years Professional Status'
-Early Years Educator

'The book is very clearly laid out and is written in an easily accessible, user-friendly format which enables the reader to engage with the text easily'

Early Years Update

Very well written, professional and easy to navigate for any student studying in this area of learning.

Mr Peter Craig Bergelin
Accounting, Coleg Y Cymoedd (Ystrad Mynach)
October 19, 2022

A good, accessible read. Covers the main issues very clearly but also critiques aspects of the debate.

Mrs Rita Winstone
Department of Education, University of Teesside
January 26, 2016

Excellent source to support advanced practitioners, as they carry out their research project on literacy in the early years. Supportive ideas for planning and implementing language and literacy holistically meeting a diverse range of needs in the setting. This book creates excellent links with development covering language acquisition and factors affecting this, as well as child development and language theories, making this an essential source for HND students.

Mrs Angela Mahon
Vocational Education , Manchester College of Arts & Techn.
July 10, 2015

This book has a good balance of challenging concepts and very clear descriptions for students gaining familiarity with language and literacy in the Early Years. We use this book as a core reading in our undergraduate Childhood Studies programme.

Dr Lindsay Milligan
Education, University of the West of Scotland
June 19, 2015

Never received

Miss Lorna Wardle
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
June 12, 2015

Used on the FDA, BA and EY ITT programmes - fitted superbly in the newly written "Acquiring Literacy" Unit on the BA. An excellent and well used text - more library copies ordered

Mrs Sarah Barton
School of Education, Portsmouth University
May 19, 2015

This is really useful book that extend and encourage students' knowledge in understanding language and literacy in young age.

Mrs Svetlana Shivacheva
University Centre Croydon, Croydon College
April 21, 2015

This book contains practical support for Early Years Practitioners.

Miss Jackie Sumner
Childhood & Youth Studies, Edge Hill University
March 27, 2015

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