Early Childhood

«Early language acquisition» video clips

How do children acquire language? And how can parents and professionals support children’s language acquisition in everyday life? The video clips on early language acquisition provide answers to these questions. The 25 video clips show, for example, what experiences are important for children’s language learning in the first years of life and how adults can identify and use opportunities for language learning processes. In addition to the video clips, the website www.children-4.ch provides six commentary films on children’s language acquisition and further resources.

For parents and professionals

The video clips are 2-4 minutes long. They are available in 13 languages: in the four official languages of Switzerland (German, French, Italian, Romansh) and in nine other languages: Albanian, Arabic, English, Portuguese, Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian, Spanish, Tamil, Tigrinya, and Turkish.

The video clips are for parents and caregivers of young children as well as for early childhood education and care professionals. They are meant to be a source of inspiration, provide information, and encourage adults to identify and make use of learning opportunities for young children in everyday life.

Video clip «Market stall»: One of the «early language acquisition» video clips at www.kinder-4.ch

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This «early language acquisition» video clip shows two children playing «store».

The framework

The 25 video clips on early language acquisition complement the first series of video clips on «learning opportunities» that was made available in 2014. The 2019 series of video clips on early language acquisition are based on «Supporting Early Language Acquisition: A Conceptual Framework for Improving Language Education in the Early Years», authored by the Thurgau University of Teacher Education in collaboration with the Marie Meierhofer Children’s Institute, commissioned and published by the Department of Education of the Canton of Zurich in 2017.


The film projects were made possible thanks to the support of the Lottery Fund of the Canton of Zurich (both series of video clips), Mercator Foundation Switzerland (both series), the Jacobs Foundation, and the Viktor Dürrenberger-Stiftung.


Stephan Pfäffli