Language Development, Communication, and Culture
A PITC Training Session

Session Format: 3-hour session, 30-40 participants, lecture, DVD, whole and small group discussion

In this session, participants explore how to facilitate language development and communication in infants and toddlers. Participants begin this exploration by reflecting on their own experiences with language learning. A major part of this session is organized around the DVD Early Messages: Facilitating Language Development and Communication, which presents ten strategies for facilitating early language development and communication. The session focuses on all ten strategies, along with discussion of training techniques that help infant care teachers learn how to use the strategies with children. Throughout the session, emphasis is placed on making children’s experiences with language positive and engaging in the context of nurturing relationships.

Related Module(s):
III Learning and Development

Related Resources:

Article Creating Language and Literacy Experiences for Infants and Toddlers
Article Culturally Sensitive Care
Article Nurturing Very Young Children Who Experience More Than One Language
Article Social Policy Report Multilingual Children Beyond Myths and Toward Best Practices
Article Talk to Me, Baby! Supporting Language Development in the First 3 Years
Article The Relationship Between Language and Culture
Article Using Stories Effectively with Infants and Toddlers
Guide El cuidado de los niños de cero a tres años en grupo: Una guía para el desarrollo del lenguaje y la comunicación, Segunda edición
Guide Infant/Toddler Caregiving: A Guide to Language Development and Communication, Second Edition
Handout Activity
Handout Agenda
Handout Early Messages: Strategies to Enhance Language Development in Infants and Toddlers
Handout Key Points to Consider
Handout Linking the PITC Trainer Institute Sessions to Head Start Program Performance Standards and Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework
Handout Pay Attention When:
Handout Resource List
Manual Trainer's Manual Module III: Learning and Development
PowerPoint Language Development, Communication and Culture
DVD Early Messages: Facilitating Language Development and Communication
DVD Booklet Early Messages: Facilitating Language Development and Communication