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Let's talk! An interactive intervention to support children language development
Evangelou, Maria; Lake, Gillian
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.
Keyword(s): Education; oral language; narrative development; storybook reading; pretend play; intervention; early years; role of the adult
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Type: Other
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: Dublin City University
Citation(s): Evangelou, Maria ORCID: 0000-0002-6728-7160 <> and Lake, Gillian ORCID: 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
Publisher(s): Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
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First Indexed: 2021-06-19 07:22:48 Last Updated: 2021-06-19 07:22:48