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ERIC Number: EJ784123
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Let's Give Children Something to Talk About: Oral Language and Preschool Literacy
Kalmar, Kathy
Young Children, V63 n1 p88-92 Jan 2008
Oral language is a cognitive tool used to construct meaning, internalize the language used in print, and regulate thought and activity. A classroom rich in talk supports children's language and literacy development. Talk clears up confusion and serves to share interests and ideas. Kalmar describes the value of talking and listening, their connections to print and reading. She looks at play and oral language and discusses classroom activities that invite talk.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A