This practical guide considers the research evidence that is needed to inform enlightened practice, and offers concrete suggestions and teaching approaches for early years settings and classrooms. This comprehensive book shows the ‘what,’ the ‘how,℉ and the ‘why’ of innovative, creative practice for teaching language and literacy. The author clearly examines how young children learn to use both spoken and written language, and shows how to assess, plan and teach for the effective learning of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Each chapter includes case studies, learning and teaching suggestions, and further reading.



The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.

(Ludwig Wittgenstein).

The pinnacle of young children's educational development is the acquisition of literacy. Literacy is the ticket of entry into our society, it is the currency by which social and economic positions are waged, and it is the central purpose of early schooling. In some sense, we send children to school at the age of about five so that they will learn to read. Future academic success depends on how well they master that skill, and academic success in our part of the world determines much about children's futures.

(Bialystok, 2001:152)

It is universally recognized that a highly literate population is essential for an advanced society and that this is important for both humanitarian and economic ...

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