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.

Supporting Oracy in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1

Supporting oracy in the foundation stage and key stage 1

Following Vygotsky (1962) I would emphasize the value of children's talk about events and ideas for their understanding of the world, and for their growing ability to articulate that understanding orally and in writing. Creating links between words and the world, and … between words and other words, is the heart of the educational process.

… All children must take an active part in negotiating meanings, and we teachers are responsible for creating conditions that make such negotiation possible. Younger students, especially those just entering school, deserve encouragement and time to expand and explain.

(Cazden, 1988:13–14)


The Rose Report on the teaching of early reading has reaffirmed the central ...

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