Read my lips learning language

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  • Communication is at the core of the human experience, even though effective communication takes a lifetime to learn. This program explores how we develop the arts of speech and physical expression to make ourselves understood and to understand others. Visiting a group of 25 three-year-olds, the film observes them learning as many as ten new words a day-some already grasping the first 1,500 components of the 20,000-word vocabulary collected in the average life span. The "nonverbal leakage" or body language that supplements verbal skills is also explored, demonstrating that children with verbal disadvantages can compensate through other techniques.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Feb. 17, 2007.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
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  • Verbal Fluency in Children (5:24) -- Effect of Attention Span on Language Development (5:38) -- Speech Difficulties in Children (4:15) -- Nonverbal Communication (2:51) -- Effect of Mixed Messages on Language Development (4:15) -- Pronunciation and Sounds of Language (5:56) -- Dyslexia and Language (4:35) -- Nonverbal Expression in Children (4:49) -- Interpreting Children's Nonverbal Responses (5:46) -- Emotions Hidden Behind Speech (3:41) -- Open Communication Between Partners (4:01) -- Parents Improving Their Skills (5:27)
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