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Supporting Language Learning for Infants and Toddlers

A practical guide for early childhood educators

Within this single resource is a range of tools and ideas that can help early childhood educators to enrich the life of each child in their care by supporting (or scaffolding) English language and literacy learning. The robust, practice-based ideas are suited to monolingual, bilingual and multilingual children. With an emphasis on what will actually help in day-to-day practice, this resource features "scripts" of appropriate ways of talking to and with infants and toddlers. It also set out fun games and activities that can become "language events"- occasions ripe for promoting spoken language among very young children. Use this highly practical resource to make a discernible difference to a child's language learning and to help equip them with the words and language understanding they will need for the formal school curriculum.

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Ages: 0-3 | Pages: 56 | Code: 5754 | ISBN: 9781927221341

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Fleur Harris

Fleur Harris, PhD, has 33 years of speech-language therapy and early childhood education experience, specialising in language and literacy learning, and tertiary teaching. Since completing her PhD in language and literacy learning for Maori children (New Zealand’s indigenous people), Fleur has focused particularly on how educators can create education contexts that are linguistically and culturally appropriate for children from a range of diverse backgrounds. She is also particularly interested in bilingualism and how bilingualism influences language and literacy learning. Fleur is currently an adjunct fellow with the Communication Disorders Department, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, and a freelance early childhood education consultant. Previously, she lectured at the Institute of Early Childhood at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, and in early childhood education at the College of Education, University of Canterbury.


Chapter One Introducing this guide4
Chapter Two Terminology6
Chapter Three Interacting with infants matters: Birth to 12 months of age9
Part 1: Language foundations: What do infants learn during their first12
months of age?9
Part 2: Quality interactions: Tools and principles for scaffolding language
Part 3: Engagement events12
Routine activities12
Play and game activities13
Chapter Four Interacting with infants matters: 12 to 18 months of age18
Part 1: Language foundations: What do infants learn from 12 to 18 months
of age?18
Part 2: Quality interactions: Tools and principles for scaffolding language
Part 3: Engagement events21
Routine activities21
Play and game activities21
Chapter Five The toddler's world of language learning: From 18 months to
three years of age27
Part 1: Language foundations: What do toddlers learn from 18 months to
three years of age?27
Part 2: Quality interactions: Tools and principles for scaffolding language
Part 3: Engagement events30
Routine activities30
Play and game activities34
Chapter Six Helping migrant infants and toddlers learn English38
Part 1: Language foundations38
Part 2: Quality Interactions: Tools and principles for scaffolding language
Part 3: Engagement events45
Routine activities45
Play and game activities48