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Background noise may hinder toddlers' ability to learn words

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:42 am    Post subject: Background noise may hinder toddlers' ability to learn words Reply with quote

I think this is a very important issue as pre-schools can be such large, noisy and busy places.

Early years' accommodation can also be in very unsuitable halls with poor acoustics.

Further, with an emphasis on child-initiated activities, what is the balance, in reality, with quiet, adult-led activities enabling focused and clear language development opportunities?

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Keep quiet, Iím learning words (Background noise may hinder toddlersí ability to learn words)

I think this study may give some food for thought on how big preschool-classes should be and also on the word gap, although the results of this new study arenít that surprising actually: the presence of background noise in home or at school can make learning new words more difficult for children.


https://theeconomyofmeaning.com/2016/07/26/keep-quiet-im-learning-words-background-noise-may-hinder-toddlers-ability-to-learn-words/

The same environmental issues are relevant for phonics teaching - which, in any event, should include the teaching and learning of new vocabulary.
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