Leadership

Talking to Learn

Language and thought have been shown to be intrinsically linked, so it is crucial that children develop strong oral language skills. Heather Clements explores ways teachers can help learners develop the ability to express themselves effectively, along with their thoughts and ideas.
Teacher talking to young pupil

Over the last two years in my role as an education consultant I have become increasingly concerned about students’ and teachers’ use of appropriate transactional language – that is the language of learning. Highlighting weaknesses in students’ ability to express their ideas in a structured way can seem pedantic in what may be a vibrant learning environment, but because I have the privilege of observing pupils in a vastly different range of schools and contexts, I can see the difference it makes. 

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