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.

Challenges: Children’s Communication Difficulties

Challenges: Children’s Communication Difficulties

Department for Education (2014) statistics on special educational needs show that speech language and communication needs (SLCN), along with emotional and behavioural difficulties, are the most common type of special needs seen in schools. Yet they are sometimes described as a ‘hidden disability’, less easy to identify than other needs. There is a wide range of different speech, language and communication needs, from the child who does not speak at all to the child whose speech is almost impossible to understand, to the child who talks freely but does not seem to understand the social conventions of talk and who therefore may appear rude and find it difficult to develop relationships with others. These needs may be ...

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