A rich language environment has an essential impact on the rapid development of a child’s brain, that occurs during the first years of life. When adults speak with children in a timely, responsive manner, children understand the construction of speech, learn new words and become capable conversationalists. It is important that young children have many opportunities to learn language and practice communication skills in order to obtain information and express themselves in a variety of ways and settings.
Children increase their language and communication skills by engaging in meaningful experiences that require them to effectively express their ideas and feelings, listen and understand others. Teachers must plan for the many ways that children communicate both verbally and nonverbally.
Educators must respect and incorporate the rich diversity of families’ languages and dialects into the educational environment as children make progress in speaking and understanding English.