“This important book is a thorough account of early communication covering bilingualism and specific areas of learning of reading and writing in early years. It is well laid out, informative and supportive with excellent case studies.” –Eva Mikuska, Senior Lecturer at University of Chichester The role of the adult in the development of young children’s communications skills through interaction is vital and this book will help you understand this and improve your practice. Taking a chronological approach there is also a particular interest in the needs of two year olds, including the Progress Check at Age Two and the revised requirements of the early years foundation stage. The book features: • Case studies, points for practice and links to video examples • Coverage of bi or multilingual children • Examples of enabling environments for communication and interaction • Ideas of how to work best with parents. Suitable for all those studying or practising in Early Childhood it will develop the way you think about communication and interaction.

Early communication

Early communication

This chapter will:

  • Discuss the early communication of very young babies
  • Examine the role of parents in their child’s early communication
  • Consider the importance of attachment and emotional well-being

The study of how children develop language is complex and it wasn’t until the work of Brown and Hanlon (1970) and Chomsky (2003) that research demonstrated a rigorous and thorough understanding of the subject. Chomsky firmly believed that much of a child’s language is genetically determined. He was of the opinion that language is acquired as opposed to something which is learned. There are many who would dispute this opinion when it comes down to the nature–nurture debate. What is it that makes a child an English speaker as opposed to a Chinese speaker; what is ...

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