Developing Language Proficiency in Young Children

What’s the best way to assure that younger children develop language proficiency at an early age?

It would seem intuitively obvious that having meaningful conversations with them, reading to them, telling them stories, responding to their curious inquiries, and conversing with them about interesting subjects would all to contribute to the development of stronger language skills. Yet there is an enormous variation between families in whether and to what extent these elementary measures are taken.

Now an extensive Dutch study of 150 children (Dutch, Turkish, Moroccan and Berber) living in the Netherlands and conducted over a span of three years confirms what we should already have known: doing all those things really does give children stronger language skills, and an advantage at school. See Talking Seriously With Children is Good for Their Language Proficiency at the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research website.

Published in: on May 17, 2010 at 3:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

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