The project aims to prepare a conceptual framework based on language-acquisition theory to promote language development in early childhood day-care facilities.
In 2005 – 06, we developed a theoretical framework with the aim of establishing systematic language and literacy activities within broader educational areas. Our approach looked at the nexus of social, cognitive, and linguistic development, in relation to the ways in which children act and think; our aim being to clarify the ways in which differential linguistic abilities – word meaning, syntactic ability and so on – develop over the ages of three to six years. We concluded that the level to which these abilities develop depends upon the availability of a stimulating environment; one in which a child’s curiosity and enjoyment of physical exercise may flourish.


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