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Communication and language approaches

Communication and language approaches emphasise the importance of spoken language and verbal interaction. They are based on the idea that children’s language development benefits from approaches that explicitly support talking, verbal expression, modelling language and reasoning. Communication and language approaches used in the early years include reading aloud and discussing books with young children, explicitly extending children’s spoken vocabulary by introducing them to new words in context, and drawing attention to letters and sounds. Approaches usually involve an early years professional, nursery teacher or teaching assistant, who has been trained in the approach, working with a small group of children or individually to develop spoken language skills.

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