Video Courses

The Power of Language

IACET Accredited
0.20 CEUs 2.5 Training Hours

How does oral language impact a child’s ability to read later on in life? A bunch! Give children a head start towards reading by introducing complex vocabulary and empowering them to use their own voices.

100% Free
Time to complete
2.5 Hours
Provides a
Certificate of Training
Recommended for
  • Teachers who work with children in preschool and Pre-k
  • Families of children ages 3-5
  • People who want to learn best practices to build children’s oral language
  • Nonprofit staff and Volunteers
  • Childcare program and site directors
By the End of This Course You’ll Be Able To
  • Explain the importance of oral language for children’s cognitive development.

  • Demonstrate the ability to select, incorporate, and teach complex vocabulary throughout the day.

  • Develop a No Shhh Zone for your classroom

Why It Matters
  • Oral language is a vital element to children’s brain development

  • Oral language is the foundation for literacy and all learning
  • You’ll become an even more amazing teacher

How it Works

  • Learn at Your Own Pace

    You don’t have to finish the course all in one sitting. In fact, we recommend you take this course a little bit at a time, incorporating what you’ve learned in the classroom.

  • Earn IACET CEUs

    In order to pass and receive IACET CEUs for this course, you will first need to complete all the lessons, then complete the end of course assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

  • Free Guided Resources

    As you go through a course, we’ll introduce you to free resources that will help you implement what you’re learning.

  • Never Learn Alone

    Have a question on what you’re learning in the course or how to use a resource? Reach out to the Cox Campus community for advice or to lend a helping hand to others.


  1. Lesson 1

    The Power of Language

     Duration 22  minutes
    At the end of this lesson you will understand the importance of oral language in children’s learning, especially for learning to read later on.
  2. Lesson 2

    Why Vocabulary Matters

     Duration 18  minutes
    In this lesson you will discover the importance of intentionally teaching vocabulary in meaningful ways and how to do so.
  3. Lesson 3

    How to Teach Vocabulary

     Duration 21  minutes
    At the end of this lesson you will know how to select and teach new vocabulary words to young children so they can understand and use them.
  4. Lesson 4

    No Shhh Zone

     Duration 27  minutes
    Learn all the elements that make a classroom a No Shhh Zone - a classroom in which language use is celebrated all day long.
  5. Lesson 5

    Planning for the No Shhh Zone

     Duration 33  minutes
    This lesson shows you how to plan effectively to make your classroom a No Shhh Zone, using every opportunity to promote language!
  6. Lesson 6

    Great Expectations for Children's Development

     Duration 13  minutes
    In this lesson you will familiarize yourself with the expectations we have for children in the areas of language and literacy, so you can plan meaningful experiences that will support their learning.
  7. Lesson 7

    POL Lesson 7: End of Course Assessment

     Duration 16  minutes
    In this lesson, you will take the end-of-course assessment. You must score 80% or higher to pass the assessment and receive your certificate of completion.

Your Facilitator

Dianne Simpson, M.S.W
Rollins Center Birth-3rd Facilitator
Dianne is a Rollins Center Facilitator. She is a member of the Rollins’ Content Development Team for online learning courses for Cox Campus and provides online coaching on Cox Campus practices.

Success Stories

  • "I get excited with teachers when we observe students using Tier 2 words spontaneously in their conversations."
    Pre-K Coach, Consultant, & Speech-Language Pathologist
  • "I have learned so much to take back to my classroom. I’m using these learning experiences to help strengthen the language of each child and I see a difference each day in the children’s language."
  • "I enjoy learning new ways to interact with children and to help them become the best they can be and be able to succeed in life to the fullest."


The Cox Campus is the digital outreach platform for the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy. Our team is composed of experienced teachers, early learning and language experts, neuroscientists, school leaders, speech language pathologists and authorities in adult learning and curriculum design to give all children access to the Science of Reading to change the odds for all children.

The Rollins Center, of the Atlanta Speech School, in some cases, may allow an instructor, facilitator, content editor or a subject matter expert or consultant with proprietary interests to conduct professional development activities at Rollins events, provided that appropriate disclosure of such interest is made. Disclosure of proprietary interest will be made on course material and at the beginning of the course/learning event, when applicable.