If you read our post from Saturday you’ll remember that there is a link between socioeconomic status and the number of words a child will know growing up. Inequality gap, meet word gap.
With life success so closely linked to language ability, scientists are looking at ways to close the ‘word’ gap between poor kids and kids whose parents enrich their vocabularies – mostly in professional and well off homes. Because that gap, if not bridged, will only grow wider.
Here’s one fascinating program that is being used to coach parents and other caregivers on how to increase the vocabulary of children who otherwise would be at a huge disadvantage by the time they got to school.
Find out why being language proficient is key to managing self-control in Angry Kids & Stressed Out Parents on CBC Doc Zone, Thursday at 9pm/9:30 NT.