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ESOL Online. Every child literate - a shared responsibility.
Ministry of Education.

Oral language

Classroom resources 

  • Learning Through Talk: Oral Language in Years 1–3: This resource is intended to help teachers of students in years 1 to 3 to understand the central role of oral language in supporting students’ learning. It suggests ways that teachers can help their students to become effective thinkers and communicators who use a range of strategies to make sense of the world, generate new ideas, and use language in increasingly sophisticated ways for specific purposes. It is available from  Down the Back of the Chair.
  • Learning Through Talk: Oral Language in Years 4–8: This resource is intended to help teachers of students in years 4 to 8 to understand the central role of oral language in supporting students’ learning. It suggests ways that teachers can help their students to become effective thinkers and communicators who use a range of strategies to make sense of the world, generate new ideas, and use language in increasingly sophisticated ways for specific purposes. It is available from  Down the Back of the Chair.

Oral language readings

A guide to learning English: Helping ESOL students understand what you say: Clearly written advice from Paul Shoebottom at Frankfurt International School.

Developing classroom speaking activities: From theory to practice (63 kB): Article by Jack Richards written for classroom teachers.

Oral Language: Discusses the literacy challenges for English language learners and identifies effective teaching strategies for scaffolding oral language (The Education Alliance, Brown University).

Expanding Oral Language in the Classroom van Hees, J. (2007): This book offers a wide range of teaching and learning strategies for expanding learners’ oral language in the classroom.

Published on: 08 Jan 2018




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