[R-0017] S4. Instructional Planning

Citation: Bond, M. A. & Wasik, B. A. (2009). Conversation Stations: Promoting language development in young children. Early Childhood Education Journal, 36, 467-473.

Abstract: Conversations are a primary tool for language development in preschool classrooms. Unfortunately, opportunities to have meaningful conversations between children and adults may not exist in preschool classrooms, especially those that serve children from high poverty contexts. Conversation Stations were implemented in preschool classrooms to ensure that high quality, consistent conversation would occur. In a Conversation Station, children have the opportunity to talk, to get feedback on their language, and to have appropriate language modeled for them. The Conversation Station can be used as an effective activity to promote language and vocabulary development in preschool classrooms. Using Conversation Stations allows for language development to be systematically included in everyday experiences in the classroom.

Integration: Developing language skills is one of the most important milestones in childrens early years. Children best develop language skills by engaging in conversations with competent adults who scaffold language and create opportunities or them to learn the syntax and semantics of language as well as new vocabulary words. Providing classroom Conversation Stations elevates the importance of these rich verbal exchanges and supports the planned occurrence of meaningful conversations between teachers and children.

Content Focus: Instruction and Teaching; Language and Literacy Experiences

Notes: This article is very easy to read and could be a great one to share with teachers.