What is it?
Teachers model language when they intentionally encourage, respond to, and expand on children’s speech. Strong language modeling also consists of engagement in meaningful conversations between teachers and children. That is, teachers repeat children’s words in more complex forms and ask follow-up questions. Children are consistently exposed to a variety of language uses and forms, such as requesting, rejecting, commenting, conversing, predicting, and affirming.
Why is it important?
Children’s language expands when they are given opportunities to use the language that they know and when adults model more complex language. By hearing various uses and forms of language, children develop new language skills. These language skills are important to children’s academic and social success. For some children, a language-rich classroom can be an important supplement to the language they hear in their home environment.
Click the links below to access multiple resources specifically related to the Language Modeling dimension made available from the National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning (NCQTL) and other sources.
- Open-ended Questions
- Enhancing Children’s Language
- Strategies for Promoting Communication and Language of Infants and Toddlers
- Self and Parallel Talk
- Mealtime Conversations
- Modeling and Required Language
- Expansions and Extensions
- Engaging Children in Conversations
- Thick and Thin Conversations
- Asking Questions
- Novel Words