Supporting Oral Language Development for Early Childhood Teachers: Why and How

Professional development (PD) Canterbury

Posted: 03 December 2019
Notice reference #: 1HA3XW

We warmly invite early childhood teachers to a professional development event, on Friday 27 March 2–4pm. This event can be attended in person on campus at the University of Canterbury, or online via a webinar link. This event is designed to support early childhood teachers with effective practice in oral language.

Many new entrant teachers in Christchurch schools are concerned about the poor oral language some children have on school entry. In this seminar, Dr Jayne Newbury suggests the solution lies in improving the back-and-forth communication children experience in the first 3 years of their lives.

Come and learn about why oral language in the early preschool years matters; quality teaching strategies to boost oral language development in pre-schoolers; and how you can support yourself to change your practice in this area (if needed!). While the presentation uses the English language examples, the principles of learning covered apply to all languages.

Dr Jayne Newbury is a speech language therapist and researcher / lecturer at the University of Canterbury in child language development. She is experienced at translating key research findings into simple practical changes people can make in their everyday interactions with children, which will result in improved language outcomes for children when implemented over time.

All funds raised from this event go towards funding local research in child language at the University of Canterbury.

Events summary


27 March 2020 – 27 March 2020