Supporting language development in the early years

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The process of acquiring language is complex and language learning is considered a key developmental milestone in early childhood. Understanding the process and supporting young children in learning language is integral to the role of early childhood education and care professionals.

This module explores how language develops between birth and the age of six years. It focuses largely on ways to support the language learning journey of children who speak two or more languages, in particular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. The module also examines current theories of language learning and provides practical examples of ways to facilitate language development in the early years.

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Christine Andell has worked in children’s literature for many years, most notably as a previous owner of the specialist children’s bookshop, The Little Bookroom, in Melbourne. Currently, she is a children’s literature consultant, with a particular interest in early childhood literacy. She is also an accredited 3A Abecedarian coach.

As a part of the Victorian Government’s Young Readers Program, Christine worked closely with librarians, speech therapists, early childhood educators and families to support the language development of infants and young children. In 2016 and 2017, Christine helped develop and run a 3A Abecedarian pilot program for the Hobsons Bay City Council Library Service, training children’s librarians to utilise the 3A approach within supported playgroup settings. Christine has recently completed a master’s degree from RMIT University.

Learning outcomes

This course will build your understanding of:

  • how young children’s brains and language skills develop between birth and six years
  • how language shapes identity and why it is important for children, educators and carers
  • bilingualism and multilingualism and how this can be supported within education and care services.

Suitable for early childhood education and care professionals at all stages of their careers.

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Course Duration

1 hour, 30 minutes

Australian Qualifications Framework