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Reeves, Louisa; Hartshorne, Mary; Black, Rachael; Atkinson, Jill; Baxter, Amanda; Pring, Tim – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2018
Pre-school education has been greatly expanded in the United Kingdom in the last two decades and further expansion is planned. Its provision allows parents to take up employment thus increasing family incomes and it is expected to narrow the gap between socially disadvantaged children and their peers. The latter is important as studies have shown…
Descriptors: Intervention, Toddlers, Delayed Speech, Program Effectiveness
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Seager, Emily; Abbot-Smith, Kirsten – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2017
Language comprehension delays in pre-schoolers are predictive of difficulties in a range of developmental domains. In England, early years practitioners are required to assess the language comprehension of 2-year-olds in their care. Many use a format based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Unique Child Communication Sheet (EYFS:UCCS) in which…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Preschool Children, Toddlers, Language Impairments
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Van Horne, Amanda Owen; Curran, Maura; Hall, Jessica – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2017
In this pilot study, we examine the suitability of materials for a vocabulary intervention designed to influence the amount of complex syntax teachers use in at-risk preschool classrooms. Six Head Start classrooms were assigned to one of two vocabulary interventions: a condition using cognitive verbs, which are biased toward complex syntax (e.g.…
Descriptors: Pilot Projects, Vocabulary, Intervention, Syntax
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Brebner, Chris; Jovanovic, Jessie; Lawless, Angela; Young, Jessica – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2016
Young children need rich learning experiences to maximize their potential. Early childhood educators (ECEs) working in childcare have knowledge of individual children as well as skills and professional knowledge that afford opportunities to provide language-rich environments for learning. To successfully work in partnership with ECEs,…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Learning Experience
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McDonald, David; Proctor, Penny; Gill, Wendy; Heaven, Sue; Marr, Jane; Young, Jane – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2015
The purpose of this addendum is to include within our discussion the findings of Girolametto et al. (2007), a randomized controlled trial of Teacher Talk training, an adapted version of Learning Language and Loving It (LLLI) (Weitzman and Greenberg, 2002). Teacher Talk does not include the coaching and video feedback elements of LLLI. Girolametto…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Speech Therapy, Communication Strategies, Language Acquisition
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Scarinci, Nerina; Rose, Tanya; Pee, Jerrine; Webb, Kylie – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2015
Early childhood educators (ECEs) play an important role in fostering language development in young children. In-service education, led by speech-language pathologists (SLPs), has a potential role in educating ECEs about language development. In this pilot study, 42 ECEs attended an in-service education program and completed pre- and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Acquisition, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers
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Bain, Julie; James, Deborah; Harrison, Mary – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2015
This research study set out to explore the education practitioner's role in promoting communication development in early years classrooms. The study was undertaken in the combined nursery and reception early years unit of a small primary school using an ethnographic approach. Qualitative data was collected through 18 three-hour visits to the…
Descriptors: Child Language, Language Acquisition, Teacher Role, Communication Skills
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Dockrell, Julie E.; Bakopoulou, Ioanna; Law, James; Spencer, Sarah; Lindsay, Geoff – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2015
There is an increasing emphasis on supporting the oral language needs of children in the classroom. A variety of different measures have been developed to assist this process but few have been derived systematically from the available research evidence. A Communication Supporting Classrooms Observation Tool (CsC Observation Tool) for children aged…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Oral Language, Classroom Observation Techniques, Feasibility Studies
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McDonald, David; Proctor, Penny; Gill, Wendy; Heaven, Sue; Marr, Jane; Young, Jane – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2015
Intensive Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) training courses for Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) can have a positive effect on their use of interaction strategies that support children's communication skills. The impact of brief SLT training courses is not yet clearly understood. The aims of these two studies were to assess the impact of a brief…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Communication Skills, Speech Therapy, Training
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Glover, Anna; McCormack, Jane; Smith-Tamaray, Michelle – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2015
Speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) are prevalent among primary school-aged children. Collaboration between speech and language therapists (SLTs) and teachers is beneficial for supporting children's communication skills. The aim of this study was to investigate the needs of both professional groups and their preferences for service…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Allied Health Personnel, Speech Language Pathology, Elementary School Teachers
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Gràcia, Marta; Vega, Fàtima; Galván-Bovaira, Maria José – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2015
Broadly speaking, the teaching of spoken language in Spanish schools has not been approached in a systematic way. Changes in school practices are needed in order to allow all children to become competent speakers and to understand and construct oral texts that are appropriate in different contexts and for different audiences both inside and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Oral Language, Observation, Measures (Individuals)
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Phillips, Beth M. – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2014
This article reports on the development and preliminary implementation trials of a modular small-group intervention targeting syntax and vocabulary for children at high risk for reading comprehension difficulties in grades prekindergarten through first. The intervention, delivered by trained paraprofessionals, included 12 weeks of 20-minute…
Descriptors: Syntax, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, At Risk Students
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Kaderavek, Joan N.; Pentimonti, Jill M.; Justice, Laura M. – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2014
This study addressed two aims: First, to examine the quality of adult shared book-reading behaviors for teachers and caregivers of children with communication impairments (CI) and, second, to compare the level of child literacy engagement during the teacher-led (group) and caregiver-led (one-on-one) shared book-reading sessions. Sixteen children…
Descriptors: Teacher Role, Caregivers, Parent Role, Communication Problems
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Caesar, Lena G.; Nelson, Nickola Wolf – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2014
This pilot study examined the feasibility of a home-school partnership for improving emergent literacy skills in Spanish-speaking pre-school children of migrant farmworkers. Parents were requested to send labeled drawings of family activities to their children's classroom for supplementing bilingual language and literacy instruction. Participants…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Family School Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Emergent Literacy
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Greene, Kai J.; Pena, Elizabeth D.; Bedore, Lisa M. – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2013
This study examined single-word code-mixing produced by bilingual preschoolers in order to better understand lexical choice patterns in each language. Analysis included item-level code-mixed responses of 606 five-year-old children. Per parent report, children were separated by language dominance based on language exposure and use. Children were…
Descriptors: Semantics, Language Impairments, Language Acquisition, Bilingualism
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