1st Edition

Promoting Language and Early Literacy Development Practical Insights from a Parent Researcher

By Pamela Beach Copyright 2025
    160 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    160 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    Combining teaching experience, research findings, and first-hand parenting stories, this compelling and practical resource distills everything you need to know for a thorough understanding of language and early literacy development. Following the introductory chapter, each chapter focuses on a component of language and early literacy including oral language development, listening comprehension, vocabulary development, phonological and phonemic awareness, alphabet knowledge and phonics instruction, handwriting and writing conventions, morphological awareness, digital literacy skills, and motivation for literacy. With an emphasis on the diversity of classrooms and types of learners, Promoting Language and Early Literacy Development is invaluable reading for parents and caregivers, early years teachers, learning support assistants, and nursery workers.


    Meet the Author


    Chapter 1: Turning Pages: An Introduction


    Chapter 2: Linguistic Geniuses: Oral Language and Listening Comprehension


    Chapter 3: Becoming Word Conscious: Vocabulary Development


    Chapter 4: Fostering Word Scientists: Language Syntax and Morphology


    Chapter 5: The Sounds of Language: Phonological and Phonemic Awareness


    Chapter 6: “The Cat Sat”: Alphabet Knowledge and Phonics


    Chapter 7: Meaning Makers: Reading Fluency and Comprehension


    Chapter 8: Mark Making: Letter Formation and Writing Development


    Chapter 9: Interacting with Technologies: Developing Digital Literacy Skills


    Chapter 10: Reading in Cars: Motivation for Literacy


    Dr. Pamela Beach is Associate Professor of Language and Literacy at the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. Pamela completed her M.A. in Child Study and Education and her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and Education at the University of Toronto. Her background as a parent and elementary teacher has influenced her research interests which focus on the dissemination of research-informed literacy practices.