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Fostering the Development of Language Skills

1 Hour in Child Growth, Development and Learning

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This training introduces ideas for developing language skills to enhance young children's speaking, listening, pre-reading and writing skills. Emphasis is placed on developmental appropriateness as related to language.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Participant will identify several props that could be included in the classroom that might encourage children to engage in emergent literacy-related play.

  2. Participants will  identify ways to provide a space and materials for practicing writing skills.

Recommended Resources

  • Baron, N. S. (1992). Growing lip with language: How children learn to talk. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.
  • Bos, B. (1983). Before the basics: Creating conversations with children. Roseville, CA: Turn the Page Press.
  • Garcia, E. E., & McLaughlin, B. (1995). Meeting the challenge of linguistic and cultural diversity in early childhood education. New York: Teachers College Press.
  • Glazer, S. M., & Burke, E. M. (1994). An integrated approach to early literacy: Literature to language. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Jalongo, M. R. (1988). Young children and picture books: Literature from infancy to six. Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.
  • James, S.L. (1990). Normal language acquisition. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Kotlus, E., & Gellert, S. (1994) Helping children love themselves and others: Resource guide to equity materials for young children (Rev. ed.). Washington, DC: The Children's Foundation, 1725 Fifteenth St., NW, Suite 505, Washington, DC 20005-2109.
  • Owens, R. E. (1992). Language development: An introduction (3rd ed.). New York: Merrill /Macmillan.
  • Oyer, H. J., Crowe, B., & Haas, W. (1987). Speech, language and hearing disorders: A guide for the teacher. Boston, MA: College Hill.