Category Archives: writing skills

Enhancing Language Comprehension at Storytime

Talk about the components of the story and refer to the characters, the setting, action, problems and outcomes. This helps children  not only to understand the story they are hearing, but build a good foundation for them to be able to tell or write a story of their own.  Talk about who is in the…
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The Value of Play or the work of Children

Most Childhood Educators would agree that children learn through play. Some even describe it as the work of children. Speech and Language Clinicians know that children will demonstrate a concept or knowledge of how words or ideas link in play, before they actually use the language to comment on what they are doing.  Stuart Brown…
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Print Awareness

There are many language components required to read fluently and an awareness of print is one. Fluent readers incorporate print conventions into the way they read but we know from the research conducted by people such as Laura Justice, that explicit teaching with regard to print conventions enables children to have better literacy outcomes. What…
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“Oracy versus Literacy?” or…. Ensuring a child has Oral Language Skills Capable of Supporting Literacy Acquisition within the National Curriculum.

 What is Oracy? Oracy reflects the ability to use language orally for academic purposes. It involves the participation of a speaker in discourse for purposes such as arguing a point, contrasting a notion, defining, persuading, predicting, or summarizing (Williams and Roberts 2011).  Oracy is a skill which normally developing children acquire around the age of…
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