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The author reasserts the importance of children's relationships and communications with people who care about them, spend time with them, and share in the excitement of their developing languages and their investigations of literacy.

Speaking and Listening
Speaking and listening

Understanding the development of speaking and listening is of vital importance to those concerned with educating the young child, for a number of reasons: first, that the majority of young children learn to speak easily and fluently in their home language by about the age of 4 signals children's capacity to learn. Secondly, speaking and listening are themselves a means of learning at school and in the world beyond school. Finally every adult is concerned to develop children's oral abilities further so that they become confident and competent communicators with a range of people and in a variety of situations.

This chapter begins by examining the development of children's early language before they enter the more formal settings of the nursery ...

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