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    Dr Jane Carroll: My key message with oral language would be to talk with children, not at children. To follow their lead, but also make their language rich through your language.

    Nola Harvey: We're all born with brains that actually can process two or more languages. What have I done with mine? I'm not sure. And so that's really a sort of a slow, but sure progress if the child is well. And they have a sense that they're accepted – they have a sense of belonging, that sense of identity is building. And you'll find that many still believe the myth that oh it's easy, you know children just learn a language just like that. No. They are working with two or three years experience of the world.

    Professor Claire McLachlan: I think the key message is that the gift of language simply can't be underestimated. It's the greatest gift that we can give to children. And I think it's really important that we understand how powerful it is when we speak to children. And so the time spent is crucial. It gives us opportunities to support children's understanding of how to talk. It supports the building of the rich vocabulary and supports their comprehension of what it is that's being said to them. Long term, it will be the thing that makes the biggest difference as they go into school and become readers and writers.

    Dr Jane Carroll: I think it's a really interesting resource for teachers to be reflecting on, you know, where do our children come into school? What sort of things would we have been expecting an early childhood to be developed? Are we seeing that? Are we not seeing that? How do we work with early childhood together?


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