In the last week of Term 3, Tools4Teachers were invited to present at the RTLiT Oral Language conference. This year, it was held in the beautiful setting of Paihia, at the Copthorne Hotel.
Jane and Charlene presented 2 sessions.
Jane looked at the deliberate and explicit teaching of oral language skills, including building vocabulary knowledge - the foundation for developing literacy skills. The workshop focused on changes schools and teachers are observing with oral language proficiency amongst their students, where oral language fits in the curriculum and expectations for oral language competence. The group were given time to consider how to strategically design learning tasks that explicitly teach oral language skills, along with considering the impact of deliberate acts of teaching in building oral language capability.
Charlene's sessions looked at how to develop oral language in writing lessons, with a particular focus on strategies that engage and motivate reluctant writers. The use of technology, and appropriate apps to aide oral language proficiency were also shared.
'Reading and writing float on a sea of talk." James Britton. How are you explicitly planning for oral language to occur in a meaningful way throughout the day for your students?
In 2016, Tools4Teachers are working with schools to improve their oral language schools. Please contact us if you would like more information for your school's professional development requirements.