As well as all the essential information you need about effective teacher practice, oral language features, purposes, expectations, assessment and oral language in innovative learning environments, there are a large number of practical strategies that can be incorporated into your teaching.
For each task or strategy there is information about:
*The purpose and the learning focus including the language functions *Procedure
*How to differentiate the strategy for different ages and stages
*What to notice about your students oral language use as they complete the task
*Templates and exemplars for teacher use.
You’ll also find:
*Lots of examples of rich oral language tasks
*Templates for designing your own tasks
*Units of work with an oral language focus.
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As students enter school with lower oral language competencies, teachers need to consciously plan for oral language development. This is borne out by the 2017 ERO review which notes only a third of schools effectively implement necessary oral language programmes. As a Resource Teacher of Literacy, promoting a greater awareness of the need to plan for and implement such work. The Essential Oral Language Toolkit greatly supports this.