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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.
Sally Neaum is a lecturer in Early Childhood, and teaches Primary English in initial teacher training. She has worked as a nursery and primary school teacher, as an advisor in early years and inclusion. She has an M.Ed in Educational Psychology and Special Educational Needs and her doctoral research was in the pedagogy of early literacy.
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