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SPEAKING AND LISTENING
 

The Importance of Speaking and Listening
The abilities of speaking and listening are crucial to pupils’ language acquisition and social development. It is an essential method that can be implemented in all areas of the curriculum as speaking and listening are strong building blocks for learning and thinking, and also, effective communication is a key skill that the children will need for the rest of their lives. The importance of speaking and listening must be passed on to the children and they must be able to see that they can access the tools in any subject in the curriculum – teachers must inspire this thinking and as a result parents must encourage constructive speaking and listening out of school. In order for pupils to realise the relevance they must be provided with a range of contexts and opportunities to further develop their speaking and listening skills including being able to generate pros and cons of a topic in the format of a debate and being able to review and share experiences and explain why their experience was important to them.

Areas in which we support children in their Speaking and Listening abilities
  • Enunciation and spoken English – ensuring that all adults model good enunciation of letter sounds and words when speaking.  Reinforcing and correcting children and having high expectations that they will do the same.
  • ESB – Taking part in a project which actively promotes both speaking and listening by giving children the opportunity to practice presentations, learn and recite poetry and read aloud from their reading books. ESB also promotes active listening and strengthens the concentration and questioning skills of children - deepening the understanding of the things they listen to.
  • Giving children opportunities to practice speaking through role play, drama, paired and group work, assemblies, performances and visits.
  • Speech and Language specialist teacher – we have a specialist teacher who aims to diagnose speech and language problems very early and address them.
 
Spiritual Moral Social Cultural
Encouraging students to become formal, constructive listeners who demonstrate a growth in personal confidence. Consider each and everyone around us when using our speaking and listening skills. For example, knowing when to use formal listening and show appreciation of the speaking skills of others. Studying speaking skills to be used in a range of different contexts. For example, an interview, a debate, a presentation, a recital.
 
Also, knowing how to use speaking and listening skills to respond to others in a social setting responsibly.
Challenging students to think about how different cultures access and use their speaking and listening skills.
 
Also, acknowledging the needs of EAL pupils when accessing speaking and listening skills in the English language.
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