Academic Language in Early Childhood Classrooms In this article, the author defines academic language, and provides examples of how it is used in early childhood classrooms. The connections between academic language and later literacy development are discussed, emphasizing how the differences in children's experiences with academic language may be reflected in their classroom performances. Strategies for ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2015
Academic Language in Early Childhood Classrooms
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  • Erica Barnes
    Department of Literacy Teaching and Learning, University at Albany, SUNY, Albany, NY
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Article   |   July 01, 2015
Academic Language in Early Childhood Classrooms
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, July 2015, Vol. 22, 85-92. doi:10.1044/lle22.3.85
History: Received January 27, 2015 , Revised April 14, 2015 , Accepted April 28, 2015
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, July 2015, Vol. 22, 85-92. doi:10.1044/lle22.3.85
History: Received January 27, 2015; Revised April 14, 2015; Accepted April 28, 2015

In this article, the author defines academic language, and provides examples of how it is used in early childhood classrooms. The connections between academic language and later literacy development are discussed, emphasizing how the differences in children's experiences with academic language may be reflected in their classroom performances. Strategies for incorporating and assessing academic language use in a variety of settings in early childhood classrooms are presented.

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