ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers new users the trial course CHD101: Promoting Speaking and Listening Skills at no cost in May in recognition of Better Hearing and Speech Month.

Speaking and listening skills are not only essential for communication; for young children, oral language forms the foundation of future literacy. In this course, participants will learn practical methods for promoting oral language development in the classroom, where every day is filled with rich opportunities to help children expand knowledge and skills related to conversation, vocabulary, and listening. Course participants will examine strategies for encouraging young children to express basic needs, ideas, emotions, and questions. Importance is placed on language comprehension in conversations and books.

“Developing strong speaking and listening skills impacts every area of our lives from relationships to job performance and more,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “The acquisition of these vital skills should begin in as early in life as possible.”

CHD101 is available at no cost to trial users and account holders with an active, annual individual or center-based subscription. This course is also available for purchase through online enrollment at cceionline.edu.