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Tips for Developing Oral Language with your child

In the schools plan to improve literacy levels among its pupils (see "evaluation" link under curriculum) we are concentrating on Oral Language Development. It is worth noting that Oral Language is the child's first, most important and most frequently used structured medium of communication with others. It involves a process a process of using thinking, understanding, knowledge and skills in order to speak and listen effectively. As such it is central to the lives of all people. Oral Language permeates every facet of primary school curriculum. The development of Oral Language is given an importance as great as that of Reading and Writng, at every level in the curriculum.

Parents can contribute significantly to this process. Below we have listed the
Oral Language Tips for Parents you will find helpful in this regard. A small time spent with your child in this initiative can reap substantial benefit.

The Junior and Senior Listening Tips Posters below are displayed and used in every classroom and throughout the school.

Infants to 1st Class

2nd to 4th Class

5th and 6th Class

Listen to what your child is saying/ trying to say and respond to contributions.

Set aside 10-15 minutes to discuss the day's happenings.

Encourage your child to develop a positive attitude to speaking/listening.

Make and maintain eye contact while talking with your child.

Encourage your child to express and justify opinions.

Discuss your child's school work successes/concerns/ interests.

Explain the meaning of words.

Involve your child in adult conversation when appropriate.

Respect your child's opinions and feelings.

Talk through activities.

Talk about the child's favourite T.V. programme.

Involve your child in adult conversations, when appropriate.

Talk through everyday experiences.

Play language games which focus on words i.e. Scrabble, crosswords.

Help your child to extend his range of words in specialised subjects.

Involve your child in discussions/plans.

Encourage your child to talk about experiences with a wide range of people; peers, relations, other adults.

Encourage your child to listen and respond
courteously to others.

Ask/answer questions.

Listen carefully and clarify meaning "Do you mean/or is this what you mean ?"

Watch and discuss T.V. news/current affairs programmes together.

Teach your child nursery rhymes/songs/poems/raps.

Encourage your child to give reasons for decisions.

Assist your child to locate information in local library.internet.

Develop your child's receptive language by asking him/her to follow simple instructions.

Encourage your child to listen courteously to the opinions of others.

Talk about school topics and assignments.

Assist your child to express ideas in an orderly fluent way.

Talk about school topics and assignments.

Play commercial games that focus on word building.

Read to your child each night.

Junior Listening Skills
Senior Listening Skills

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