Literacy Teaching Toolkit video: Vocabulary for early communicators

In this video, educators demonstrate ways of creating rich language experiences with young children, to build their vocabulary.

This video demonstrates ways of exposing children to a range of new words during every interaction.

Reflective practice

Observe

  • The examples of shared/joint attention, and its importance for language learning.
  • The use of reading experiences as opportunities to learn new words and concepts.
  • The educator’s use of repetition when children show interest in words and sounds (for example tick tock).
  • The linking of words and concepts to children’s immediate experience, as well as home life.
  • How the educator builds upon the children’s attempts at non-verbal communication, sounds and words.
  • How the educator uses self-talk and parallel-talk strategies to create shared meaning of their experience.
  • How the educator embeds new concepts and ideas within child-led experiences.

Reflection questions

  • What learning did you observe? How do you know?
  • In what situations can educators use language modelling to share new words and concepts with children?
  • What sorts of words and concepts does the educator model and use when interacting in this video?
  • As an educator, how do you balance making your language understandable to children, with using complex and new vocabulary?
  • How can the educators in this video extend upon the introductions to new vocabulary, so that children have an opportunity to discuss new words and what they mean?
  • Consider the importance of including children’s family, and other educators’ perspectives to inform practice and curriculum decisions.
  • How does the educator promote children’s perspectives and agency in these experiences?

Learning experience plan

This learning experience plan relates to:

  • early communicators (birth - 18 months)
  • interacting with others
  • learning foci: concept development and vocabulary
  • teaching practices: language in everyday situations, play (interacting with others).

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Outcome 5: communication

Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes:

  • interact with others to explore ideas and concepts, clarify and challenge thinking, negotiate and share new understandings.
  • demonstrate an increasing understanding of measurement and number using vocabulary to describe size, length, volume, capacity and names of numbers.

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