How ‘quality talk’ can boost infants’ later academic success

Engaging in conversation from a very young age is a strong predictor of later academic success,, writes Alex Quigley

Todders who engage in 'quality talk' are more likely to achieve academic success, research suggests

Schools matter, but what happens in the small window before children get to school often proves critical for their future success. Research by Gilkerson et al titled “Language experience in the second year of life and language outcomes in late childhood” (bit.ly/LangExp) concludes that early talk predicts school-age success in language, and much more, 10 years later.

The US-based researchers used innovative recording equipment called language environment analysis (Lena) software to focus on the talk experienced at home by toddlers aged between 18 and 24 months. They found that how much we ...

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