De­vel­op­ing oral lan­guage

The Leader (Nelson) - - FRONT PAGE - CATHERINE CAMP­BELL Catherine Camp­bell is a spe­cial­ist speech lan­guage ther­a­pist, Nel­son Tas­man Kin­der­gartens

You may have heard the phrase ‘‘oral lan­guage’’ men­tioned in the news re­cently or per­haps the teach­ers at your child’s kinder­garten or school have told you this is a fo­cus for their learn­ing.

Tra­di­tion­ally, we have be­lieved that learn­ing to talk, and think, were nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring pro­cesses that didn’t need to be ‘‘taught’’ and it was some­thing that just hap­pened au­to­mat­i­cally with our chil­dren.

We now know that many tamariki (chil­dren) in our coun­try are start­ing school with­out the nec­es­sary skills to lis­ten, to for­mu­late sen­tences, to ask ques­tions, to form friend­ships and to think and sound out ideas.

All th­ese skills come un­der the um­brella of oral lan­guage and are vi­tal for all fu­ture school suc­cess, in­clud­ing learn­ing to read.

Over the next few weeks I will be talk­ing more about this and how we can help our chil­dren de­velop their oral lan­guage skills.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.