Early Language Development
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21st Century Learning, Agency, Children, Children Behavior, Children´s agency, Early Education, Early Language Development, Education, Educational Skills, Educator, Learning, Self-Confidence / 15.02.2022

As adults we take it for granted that we have the ability to choose. But for children, they don’t always have the awareness that they have choices available to them.  Yet having agency, i.e. making choices based on active engagement in decision making, plays a vital role in developing a child’s self esteem as well as enabling their learning.  In this episode, we hear from Natalia Kucirkova, Professor of Early Childhood Education and Development about the role of children as independent agents of action.  “It is really about making sure that...

Adaptive Teaching, Bilingual, Children, Cultural Learning, Early Education, Early Language Development, Education, Language Acquisition, Language Development, Language Skills, Learning, Literacy, Multilingualism, Neuroscience, Primary School, School, Teacher, Teacher training, Teaching, Youth Development / 14.09.2021

If you’re an educator supporting children learning various languages, at different developmental stages and in different contexts and geographies, then don’t miss Kaja Jasinska, a cognitive neuroscientist interested in understanding how early life experience changes the brain’s capacity for language and learning.  “We found that school children who are learning two languages from birth actually outperform monolingual children on tasks that measure a child’s awareness of and ability to manipulate sounds of languages.” As well as Kaja’s insights, in this episode we hear from three teachers in different geographical regions...