Culture & Language

Planned Language Approach: Oral Language and Vocabulary

Oral language and vocabulary includes children's speaking ("expressive") and listening ("receptive") skills. Children learn to recognize and develop the sounds of the languages they hear, as well as use a growing vocabulary of new and varied words. Their skills get stronger as they interact with adults and older peers who model language and support children's own language use. Because children learn the languages they hear and use most often, they can develop early language and vocabulary skills in more than one language. Explore resources to promote children's oral language and vocabulary development at home and in early childhood education programs.

Additional Resources

Review Exploring Joan Talks: A Resource Guide for Training and Technical Assistance Providers when using Joan Talks about the Big 5 to help Head Start and child care programs implement a Planned Language Approach.

Watch the Focus on Oral Language and Vocabulary webinar to learn more about this topic.