Introducing our third, no-prep slide-pack in our oral language (oracy) program for students in Years 2-5 (and older children learning English as an additional language and children with language, reading or other learning disorders).
Oral language skills are essential for understanding, speaking, reading, and writing at school. But too many of our Year 2-5 students have poorly or unevenly developed language comprehension and/or speaking skills to equip them for ongoing success at school.
Especially in the early years, information at school is communicated primarily in spoken language: in speech. Some researchers think that younger students spend up to 65% of their school day listening to spoken language (Palmer, 1997). The ability of children to learn, whether from delivered face-to-face by teachers, or via instructional videos or other materials, is highly dependent on their ability to understand and to express themselves in speech.
As children enter their third and fourth years of schooling, the emphasis of the curriculum changes from learning to read to reading to learn. A recent 5-year longitudinal study – starting when students were in Year 2 and ending in Year 7 – found that variations in reading comprehension amongst the children were almost completely explained by differences in decoding skills and language comprehension skills. The researchers found that differences amongst the children in language comprehension were almost entirely explained (95% explained!) by differences in:
The researchers also found that oral language comprehension was a predictor of early and later growth of reading comprehension skills (Lervåg et al., 2017 – see citation below). The key findings of this study sit well with the growing body of evidence showing that improvements in oral language skills lead directly to improvements in reading comprehension, both with younger and older children (e.g. Fricke et al., 2013; Clarke et al., 2010).
What do we need to target to improve oral language comprehension?
So what, exactly, do these slides contain?
In these 19 pages of no-prep slides, we include language activities to pursue 10 oral language goals related to improved language comprehension and expression for school students. Suitable for children in Years 2-5 – as well as for older children with language, reading comprehension and other learning disorders, and people learning English as an additional language – the specific skills targeted in this pack include the following:
We also include a wealth of links to practical, free, and evidence-based information and resources related to improving a student’s communication skills.
The slides can be:
The oral language activities can be delivered sequentially, or on a standalone basis.
Our students love these oral language activities. We hope that your find them just as engaging and useful with your students!
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