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.

Talking with Children

Talking with Children

Talk in the classroom is different from talk in other contexts. Consider, for example, the following transcript:

A: And who knows what this one is?

B: A daisy.

A: Fantastic, yes, it’s a daisy. And where does it grow – in a field, in a pond, in ...

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