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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.

Language and Gender
Language and gender
Introduction

This chapter examines gender differences in relation to speaking and listening, reading and writing. It considers the different learning styles and language behaviour of boys and girls and the ways in which adult interaction and the organization of the English curriculum affect what and how boys and girls learn. Each section contains practical suggestions for teachers who wish to implement an English curriculum that gives all children the opportunity to achieve their potential as learners and as users of language.

Why Gender is an Important Issue
Acquiring a Gendered Identity

The world outside school affects children's perceptions of themselves in many ways. The hopes, expectations, treatment and interactions that are received from adults are often determined by a child's sex. Young children may ...

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