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Language & Literacy in the Early Years 0-7

Language & Literacy in the Early Years 0-7

Fourth Edition

February 2010 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Praise for the previous edition:

"The text relates theory and practice in an easily readable form with particularly helpful sections on key terminology and summaries within each chapter. A most useful, practical text which no early years practitioner should be without" - Jacqueline Barbera, Director of Undergraduate ITT, Liverpool Hope University College

This Fourth Edition of Language and Literacy in the Early Years has been fully revised and updated to reflect current professional interests and the latest developments in the field. The book provides comprehensive coverage of issues in language, literacy and learning, focusing on the age range from birth to eight years. New material covers theory of mind, key persons, and social and emotional dimensions of learning. The author has added material on difficulties with language development; phonics and the new literacies. Key terms, further reading and a revised layout make the book accessible to students.

The author emphasizes the joy and creativity involved in supporting young children's development as speakers, writers and readers. While taking account of current initiatives and programs, the author supports flexible teaching methods in what is a complex teaching and learning process. The book is fully illustrated with examples and photos from early childhood settings.

This book is essential reading for primary and early years students, practitioners, classroom assistants and foundation stage teachers.

Linguistics: The Study of Language
Sociolinguistics: Language and Cultures
Psycholinguistics: Early Language Acquisition
Psycholinguistics: Language and Thinking
The Early Years Practitioner and Knowledge about Language
Narrative and Storying
Books and the World of Literature
Early Representation and Emerging Writing
The Early Years Practitioner and Literacy

Students in the early years and primary found this text quite useful and enhanced their understanding of pedagogy in the Early Years. This text will be recommended in the Early Years specialism module delivery for this academic year.

Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Languages and Education, London Metropolitan Uni (City Campus)
September 4, 2012

An accessible and clear exposition of complex theories and their practical application to early years practice.

Dr Alastair Daniel
Department of Education, London Metropolitan Uni (City Campus)
February 1, 2012

My colleague on the Early years team has found this book very useful and is recommending it to students.

Anne Bradley
School of Education & Professional Dev, College of St Mark and St John
November 7, 2011

This book is most helpful and excellently written for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Mrs Kamala Peter
Department of Education, University of Johannesburg
August 26, 2011

The text is in support of the course module: Child Development; it has proven useful for students to access the materials pre3seneted in this book when analysing children's language development. The assignments reflect a reasonable number of students referring to tis source in their assignments. Thank you

Mrs Eleonora Teszenyi
School of Education, The University of Northampton
April 4, 2011

This continues to be our core text for Primary and Early Years English, language and literacy. We also use the chapters on language development and narrative and storying to support students on our Dialogic Talking and Learning undergraduate Educational Studies module.

Mrs Carrie Ansell
School of Education, Bath Spa University
January 26, 2011

This is a very useful guide to early language acquisition and learning for new practitioners. I particularly liked the learning and teaching suggestions which show how theory can relate to practice. The summary boxes provide useful reference points and the section on emergent writing is a particular strength of the book.

Mrs Karen Vincent
Primary Education, Canterbury Christ Church University
December 1, 2010

Multiple copies have been requested as an addition to our library stock. Nice digestible (student friendly) information that informs good practice in the early years.

Ms Karen Ashurst
Psychology , Wigan and Leigh College
October 19, 2010

Excellent book by an outstanding author in this field: both accessibly written and up to date, and of a high standard of scholarship.

Ms Elizabeth Brooker
Dept of Early Childhood and Primary Ed, Institute of Education
September 14, 2010

This is a very good text that introduces students to the links between language and literacy in a very accessible form. It is well suited in supplementing and complementing the undergraduate psycholinguisitcs and literacy course

Dr Carol Moxam
Speech and Language, Newcastle University
September 10, 2010

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Chapter One

Chapter Two

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