Literacy Teaching Toolkit video: Vocabulary for early language users

This video provides examples of educators interacting with children to build their vocabulary in a range of experiences.

This video demonstrates ways of modelling new words during interactions with children, to extend upon their vocabulary.

Reflective practice


  • The educator’s views towards the importance of vocabulary.
  • The linking of words and concepts to children’s home life.
  • The use of questions to create opportunities for discussion about words and concepts.

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?
  • Why is vocabulary learning important for children’s development?
  • 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?

Learning experience plan

This learning experience plan relates to:

  • early language users (12 - 36 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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