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This subject examines contemporary research in oral language acquisition and the links between oral language, learning, literacy and behaviour.
Frameworks are provided for educators to use to describe, and monitor speaking and listening knowledge and skills. These frameworks assist educators to break language into its main components and examine the basic rule systems. The underpinning cognitive skills that support oral language learning are also discussed.
The subject looks at developmental trends and implications for delayed language acquisition and language difficulties. It examines a variety of formal and informal procedures and assessments to monitor oral language development and to identify strengths and difficulties.
Pedagogy associated with oral language teaching and a range of intervention strategies to support speaking and listening are also reviewed.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should be able to;
- Discuss the relationship between oral language knowledge and learning, literacy learning and behaviour.
- Describe frameworks that teachers can use to identify the different components of language.
- Describe developmental trends in oral language acquisition and use these to monitor student use and learning.
- Use a range of informal and formal procedures to assess and identify the speaking and listening skills of students in the context of the regular classroom.
- Plan and implement education programmes in speaking and listening within the classroom context that are supported by current research.
- Identify strategies and evidence based intervention programs for students who have oral language learning difficulties
- Recognise when to refer students who present with significant language and learning difficulties to another relevant professional for further assessment
Students should be able to demonstrate:
• Commitment to professional and academic ethics and excellence.
• Ability to set personal targets and plan to achieve them.
• Highly developed independent learning.
• Ability to read critically and present material concisely and coherently in relevant written and oral presentations.
• Skills in observation, evaluation and applying their findings to their own personal situations.
Last updated: 2 December 2019