Calder High School page: Language study reward of ‘baby talk’

Calder High School pupils take part in English language survey on "baby talk"
Calder High School pupils take part in English language survey on "baby talk"
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On November 20, ten mothers and their babies paid a visit to Calder High Sixth form as part of a year 13 English Language survey.

Local mothers were interviewed and observed to see if the features of “child directed speech” were present in the communications with their child.

“High-pitched speaking, exaggerated facial expressions as well as ‘motherese’ are often used by caregivers when speaking to children,” explained Jessica Murphy, Calder 6 student.

“’Motherese’ is a term used to describe the use of words such as ‘doggy’ rather than ‘dog,’ which actually help children acquire language,” she continued. “At Calder High we try to make learning as ‘real’ as possible,” said Mr Croft, English teacher.

“This visit from local mothers has enabled the students to see exactly how the theories they have been learning can be applied in a ‘real-life’ context. They will now be able to use this data to further enrich their studies.”

The students, mothers and children all had a fantastic morning interacting with each other!

Plans are currently underway for a second visit so that the students can track how the children’s language has developed.