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Developing the spoken language skills of reception class children in two multicultural, inner-city primary schools

Riley, Jeni and Burrell, Andrew and McCallum, Bet (2004) Developing the spoken language skills of reception class children in two multicultural, inner-city primary schools. British Educational Research Journal, 30 (5). pp. 657-672. ISSN 0141-1926

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Additional Information: This article was based on the findings of a small-scale research project funded through a DfES Best Practice Research Scholarship. An intervention project was conducted in two multi-cultural primary schools serving an inner–city deprived community which aimed to enhance the reception children’ language skills. The language skills of the children in the intervention group were assessed pre- and post intervention as were those in a comparison group in a neighbouring school. The results indicated that an enrichment programme can have a positive effect on language development over and above what might be expected to occur due to maturation. The study was not original as such, but contributed to the debate for early years teachers to place more emphasis on developing spoken language which has become neglected at the expense of literacy since 1998 (NLS, DfEE. 1998). The article formed the basis for a BERA 2003 conference paper. It was rigorously conducted, all reception children in 3 primary schools were assessed at the beginning and end of their first year of primary school using the Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals (CELF) a comprehensive, well known standardised assessment . . I was the director of the project and main author.
Controlled Keywords: 5 - 10, Primary school, Skills development
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Early Years and Primary Education
IOE Departments > Departments > Learning, Curriculum and Communication
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2010 14:42
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 11:37
URI: http://eprints.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/3160

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