CHCFC506A Foster Children's Language and Communication Development

CHCFC506A Foster Children's Language and Communication Development

CHCFC506A Foster Children's Language and Communication Development

Section 1: Stimulate The Child’s Use and Understanding of Language

Activity 1
1. Describe three activities that could be implemented to help children develop their language and communication skills. The activities must be developmentally suitable for four year olds. Be specific, including step-by-step details of the activities you identify. Explain how each activity/ opportunity is suitable for children aged four. Explain how each activity/ opportunity helps children to develop language skills. Upload your answer for assessment.
2. Describe how the EYLF supports language development in children.

CHCFC506A Foster children's language and communication development

Activity 2
1. You are working with a child called Rachael. You realise that you know very little about Rachael’s interests. What should you do to learn about her interests?
2. List 10 questions you could ask Rachael, to learn about her interests.

Activity 3
Recall a time when you were involved in a discussion with a group of people. The discussion might have occurred at school, in a work setting or in a social setting. Answer the following questions:
1.    What was the topic of the discussion?
2.    What was the purpose of the discussion?
3.    Was the discussion successful?
4.    Did everybody participate in the discussion?
5.    Identify the characteristics of the discussion that were effective and those that were not.
6.    Explain what could have been changed to make the discussion more successful.

Activity 4
Identify three activities that could be used to create a language rich environment. You cannot use examples provided in the text. Explain how each activity promotes children’s language and communication development. Upload your answer for assessment.

Activity 5
Identify five things that you might say/ talk about when interacting with a three-year-old child. You will need to take into account stages of language development when completing the exercise. While responses might be similar to those presented in the text, they should not be the same.

Activity 6
1: Identify a time where you did not actively listen to a person speaking to you and answer the questions:
a.    Why did you not listen to what the person was saying?
b.    What were the consequences of not listening?
c.    What should you have done instead?
2   Identify a time when someone did not listen to you. How did it make you feel?
3   You have become aware that a child in your care is upset about something. Provide five examples of questions that could be used to encourage children to express their thoughts, feelings and words.
4  Identify five closed questions that could be used to find out why the child is upset.

Activity 7
1:   Write a transcript of a two-way conversation that you could act out with another adult to demonstrate the mechanics of two-way communication to children. The transcript should be half a page in length. Upload your transcript for assessment.
2:   Describe how infants and babies communicate and how you can promote two-way conversation with them.

Activity 8
While children’s words and phrases can be expanded on in a natural style of conversation, there are also a number of games that can be played to expand a child’s vocabulary. Identify one such game and give detailed instructions of how to play it. You will also need to identify any materials needed to play the game.

Section 2: Support the Child’s Skills in their Own (Non English) Language as Relevant

Activity 9
You are approached by the parent of a child you care for whose name is Antonio Giordano. Antonio’s first language is Italian and his mother is keen for him to retain this language but is unsure of what she can do to make this happen. What would you advise her to do?

Activity 10
Create a list of Do’s and Don’ts that could be followed when communicating with people from different cultural backgrounds to show respect for language and cultural background.

Activity 11
1:   Locate a bilingual book and answer the following questions:
a.    What is the name of the book?
b.    What languages are presented in the book (is it written in more than one language)?
c.    What is the book about?
d.    How might you use the book in a child care setting?
e.    What are the advantages of these types of books?
f.    Do you think the book is of a high quality? Explain.
2:   It is likely that you will work with children whose first language is not English. It will be easier to communicate with them if you know some key words and phrases in their mother tongue. Undertake your own research and find the Italian and Cantonese translations for the words and phrases found here.

Activity 12
Identify a cultural experience and explain how you would use the experience as an opportunity to develop children’s language and communication skills. Provide a detailed response—give examples.

Section 3: Contribute to Assessment of Language and Communication Skills and Planning of Appropriate Support Strategies

Activity 14
Undertake your own research and identify other reasons (not already discussed in the text) that children might have difficulty learning to speak. You must identify a minimum of three additional reasons.

Activity 15
What are the benefits of working collaboratively?

Activity 16
Undertake your own research and identify five differences between Aboriginal English and Standard English.

Activity 17
1:  Write three goals that could be used in an IEP. The goals must relate to language and communication development. Identify the targeted learning outcome, the condition and the criterion in each of your goals. Your goals must be different to those presented in the text.
2:   Write a job advertisement to invite applications for a speech therapist to work with children. Include details of the role (eg the duties the successful applicant will have) and required qualifications, skills and experience.

Activity 18
You have been involved in creating and implementing an IEP for a child named Maggie who was identified as having expressive language disorder. The plan has been running for three months and you are due to attend a meeting to discuss the child’s progress and review the plan. You will be asked for your opinion on whether or not the plan is working as intended and whether it could be improved in any way. What should you do to prepare for the meeting?

Written / Oral Questions
1:   What should a four-year-old child who falls within the range of typical language development be able to do?
2:   There are many advantages to being bilingual. What could you advise parents to do to ensure that children maintain their first language and become proficient in Standard English?
3:   Sometimes, no matter what you do, certain children will find large groups overwhelming. How can a child’s peers be useful in this situation?
4:   What is lifelong learning?
5:   You can help children to develop language skills by applying social constructivist learning theory. What is social constructivist learning theory?
6:   Children learn a lot about language by listening to stories being told. What features should you look for when selecting stories or books to be read to young children? What features should you look for when selecting stories or books for older children?
7:   How can pictures be used to stimulate children to talk?
8:   How do puppets help children to develop language and communication skills?


Project 1
Create an information booklet that could be distributed to parents. The booklet should explain how parents can help to foster their children’s language and communication development. The booklet should include information about assisting children to become proficient in Standard English. It should also explain to parents how to maintain their child’s first language if their first language is not English.
The booklet should:

  • demonstrate a deep understanding of course content
  • cover the topics in the course
  • provide practical advice as to how to foster children’s language and communication development
  • include appropriate illustrations/ charts
  • be written in plain English so that it is accessible to everyone
  • be visually pleasing to encourage parents to read it

Project 2
Vygotsky, Gardner and Piaget have all researched and discussed their stages of child development. Summarise each theorist’s theory.
1:  Which of Piaget’s stages of development does language begin to expand and develop?
2:   According to Vygotsky, language plays two critical roles in cognitive development. Describe each of the roles and outline Vygotsky’s view on when language develops.
3:   How can educators use Gardner’s theory effectively in a classroom?