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Language and Literacy for the Early Years


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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

About the Author

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.


'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

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