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.
We hope that reading this book has helped you consider the value of developing a range of language and communication possibilities in your classroom. We hope, too, that you will make use of the many recommendations for wider reading and links to useful websites to broaden your knowledge and understanding. There is a wealth of material available, most of which can be acquired for little or no cost.
If this book has prompted you to reflect upon your practice as a teacher, and to consider how you can make your classroom into a place where children share ideas confidently, and communicate effectively, then it has been worthwhile.