CDL Seminars HT 2023
Children in areas of deprivation are at increased risk for poor oral language development. A significant proportion of these children are dual language learners (DLL), which presents another challenge for practitioners. We ran an RCT to evaluate the efficacy of Talking Time©; an intervention designed to support early years’ practitioners to provide high quality interactions when engaging with children during activities using books and toys. We recruited 40 nursery settings from the lowest quintile for deprivation in London and the Northeast, half of whom were randomly allocated to the 16-week intervention. Baseline measures showed children’s language was below average. Data collection 7 months later showed the intervention had significantly impacted children’s expressive vocabulary for targeted items and DLL children had made significant progress on standardized measures of expressive and receptive language. Feedback from practitioners was overwhelmingly positive and the findings highlight the importance of providing structured, supportive training to enhance the quality of adult-child interactions in the early years.
Date: 31 January 2023, 17:00 (Tuesday, 3rd week, Hilary 2023)
Venue: 15 Norham Gardens, 15 Norham Gardens OX2 6PY
Venue Details: Department of Education, 15 Norham Gardens
Speakers: Dr Claire Forrest (UCL), Dr Sandra Mathers (University of Oxford)
Organising department: Department of Education
Organiser: Katharina Ereky-Stevens (University of Oxford)
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Host: Katharina Ereky-Stevens (University of Oxford)
Part of: CDL Research Group Seminars HT 2023
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Cost: Free
Audience: Public
Editors: Carolyn Fray, Heather Sherkunov