Effective Communications & Oral Language

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Oral language is the greatest use of language and is the basis of communication - in fact it is the basis of literacy.

'Language plays a vital role in the personal and social development of children. It enables them to gain an understanding of themselves and others and strengthens their social relationships.'
(Oral Language Resource Book: First Steps; page 45)
Through listening and speaking students learn about themselves and about their world. Learning to express their thoughts, ideas and feelings, and being able to respond to the communications of others, enables students to participate in society successfully.

The National Education Monitoring Report 10 states that experiences provided by
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In fact throughout life, oral language skills remain essential for communication of ideas and intelligent conversation.

One of the most effective ways to facilitate the learning of oral language skills is to take into account the background and everyday life experiences of the students. Once students' prior knowledge and facility with oral language is determined, the classroom program can be planned to develop necessary skills on the developmental continuum. From this starting point the techniques and skills which are taught in the classroom program need to be further extended and used across the whole curriculum. Although the oral language program is delivered at the classroom level, the policy for the development of language skills needs to exist, and be implemented, across the whole school.

What Oral Language Skills Do Students Need To Develop?
Schools are excellent environments in which to develop knowledge of the courtesies and conventions of communication in a wide variety of situations. The achievement aims of the National English Curriculum state that:
Students should:
• Be able to talk clearly about experiences and ideas;
• Be able to engage with and enjoy oral language in all its varieties;
• Be able to understand, respond to, and use oral language effectively in a range of contexts;
• Develop skills that enable them to develop their thoughts, ideas and feelings clearly and appropriately and respond to the thoughts,

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