Making meaning and expressing ideas (interacting with others)
Children communicate using verbal and nonverbal language from birth.
Conversation and social skills
Children communicate from birth, and social interaction is a key purpose of language learning.
Stories and narratives
Children’s engagement with stories are an important focus of oral language development.
Explanations and sharing information
Children learn to make meaning and express ideas through explanations of different concepts and topics.
Higher order language
From 30 months onwards, many children begin to develop more complex language abilities, such as understanding how language works and figurative and humorous language.
Reviewed 14 April 2023