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The characteristics of talk has an enormous influence on children’s school
readiness skills. In particular, the frequency of wh-questions, conversational turns, lexical diversity, and use of sophisticated 
words are among the most potent predictors in promoting children’s language development and school readiness skills.


To learn more about teacher and student language in early childhood classrooms, we have partnered with the Barksdale Reading Institute to examine the frequency and quality of child-directed language in early childhood settings.


Check back for future developments 



“In order to equip our children with the reading skills they need to be successful in college, their careers and in citizenship, we need strong, literacy minded leadership in every public school and dedicated, creative, literacy-minded teachers in every classroom.”

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