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Let's talk! An interactive intervention to support children language development

Evangelou, Maria orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-6728-7160 and Lake, Gillian orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-4315-1971 (2019) Let's talk! An interactive intervention to support children language development. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 27 (2). pp. 221-240. ISSN 1350-293X

This study developed, delivered and evaluated an interactive intervention, which targeted three- and four-year-old children's oral language. The intervention was carried out over twice-weekly sessions, for ten weeks. The first weekly session was a group shared storybook reading session with a puppet and the second weekly session consisted of planning, acting out and reviewing a planned pretend play episode based on the storybook, which was read in that week's first session. Ninety-four children were randomly assigned to a control or treatment group and were tested at pre- and post-test on a battery of vocabulary and narrative assessments. The results of a Randomised Controlled Trial showed a statistically significant effect on the receptive vocabulary and productive vocabulary of the children in the treatment group, with medium to large effect sizes. A further positive effect concerned the Mean Length of Utterance (MLU) of the children in the treatment group.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:oral language; narrative development; storybook reading; pretend play; intervention; early years; role of the adult
Subjects:Social Sciences > Education
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Institute of Education > School of Language, Literacy, & Early Childhood Education
Publisher:Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
Official URL:https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1350293X.2019.1579549
Copyright Information:© 2019 EECERA (CC-BY-NC)
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:26001
Deposited On:18 Jun 2021 11:02 by Vidatum Academic . Last Modified 18 Jun 2021 11:02

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