Language and communication are essential in the classroom, essential in children’s learning, essential in teachers’ communication with children and essential in children’s understanding of themselves. This book is about talk - why it’s important, how it helps with learning and how you make the most of it in the classroom. There are increasing concerns about levels of language difficulties and delayed language development among children entering school. This presents a very real challenge for primary school teachers today. Talk is central to children’s learning across the curriculum as well as to their language and communication development. This book is a guide for trainee and beginning teachers on how to use talk in the classroom. It explores the theory behind the teaching of language and communication skills and includes lots of practical advice on how to translate this into the classroom.

Talk for Learning

Talk for Learning

Chapter 2 examined factors that help to create a climate for talk in the classroom. This chapter will explore the concept of talk for learning. It will examine some of the prerequisites for successful talk, which can lead to learning and concrete representations of learning across the curriculum. A series of case studies on topics in mathematics, science and current affairs will be used to exemplify good and developing practice.

Browne (2009) argued that all subjects require children to interpret and use spoken language. Teachers’ explanations, descriptions, questions and evaluations require listening, answering, discussion and working out ideas through talk from children. Each subject ...

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