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Fostering language acquisition in daycare settings: What the research tells us

Simone Beller examines research and theories surrounding language acquisition, and how the early childhood education environment impacts on developing language. 

"Several studies (see chapters 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3) showed that language is better acquired in informal instructional settings and in daily routines than in formal instruction settings. There is strong research evidence that input of both high quality and quantity in daily adult–child interactions has a positive effect on children’s language development" (p. 42).

Beller provides some strategies for early childhood services that help support young children's language.