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Speaking and listening scaffolds reading and writing
Speaking and listening scaffolds reading and writing
Learning outcomes

By reading this chapter, you will have:

  • Considered a social constructivist approach to learning
  • Considered the role of the teacher in creating a ‘talking to learn’ culture
  • Looked at how talk, including exploratory talk, can act as a scaffold to support reading and writing
  • Considered some talk techniques that can develop possibility thinking
National Curriculum links

Spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are vital for developing their vocabulary and grammar and their understanding for reading and writing.

DfE (2013: 13)
Chapter overview

This chapter explores the role of talk in learning. Coming from a social constructivist approach, this chapter considers theoretical frameworks around the ...

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