Ramón Bassa, with the collaboration of different experts among which we find multiple members of the I+DEL research group, publishes two books with reflexions on the process of learning oral and written languages at early ages. This is the result of years of interdisciplinary work, by which knowledge from the experience in education and from scientific research converge in order to guide from a holistic view the professionals that work with children along this process.
The languages of the child: from the body and speech to written language
This book is divided into two blocks. The first one is dedicated to the early forms of language and to the neurological bases that allow learning to read and write. The term early forms of language makes reference to the children’s bodily and emotional language, which support the acquisition of the language used in their environment. Regarding the neurological bases, it is exposed here the knowledge, acquired through scientific research, on the cognitive and neural developmental process that implies learning oral and written language. Being aware of how this developmental process take place, and what intervenes in it, could be of great help in the education field.
The second block of this book describes dynamics oriented to help children learning written language, and that allow overcoming difficulties that they could potentially face along the process. These dynamics are described by professionals who share they years of experience within schools.
Oral and written language at school: good practices
This book highlights the importance of children’s different forms of communication, not only oral and written language, but also corporal, emotional and artistic language. The aim is to describe an innovative didactic methodology, which some scholar centres are already using, by which teachers can accompany children in their development as a person and as a linguistic being that knows how to communicate in society. This methodology does not solely take into account the acquisition of the technical aspects of a language, but also gives weight to the acquisition of the abilities that allow us to communicate as person.
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