One of the most important tasks for children in the
first five years of life is the development of language. Children enter early
care settings with vast differences in vocabulary and oral language
development, and early educators can meet this challenge by providing
language-rich learning environments. This workshop will provide early childhood
educators with an understanding of young children's oral language development
and appropriate approaches for promoting language and emergent literacy in
their classrooms. This workshop will focus on effective methods for developing
children’s vocabulary knowledge through book reading and discussions, and
advancing children’s language through extended conversations. Additionally,
participants will learn to create opportunities for rich discourse and build
children’s background knowledge. Workshops assignments will invite participants
to apply relevant content and plan meaningful, language-rich curricular
activities.