High quality teaching should prioritise language and talk in the classroom and incorporate supportive strategies for promoting language throughout the day. Having a communication supportive classroom is fundamental to this. Communication supportive features should be visible to anyone entering the classroom or setting. Key things would include:
The Communication Trust also have a checklist that gives more pointers about ways to create a communication supportive environment.
School can use the Communication Supporting Classrooms Observation Tool, a self-rating tool for evaluating the language learning environment, language learning opportunities and language learning interactions they offer, to ensure a communication supportive environment.
The following videos contain useful, real life examples of speech, language and communication support for all pupils:
This video contains real life examples of ways schools and settings have ensured a communication supportive classroom.
Thinking about how adults use questions in the classroom is an easy way to promote spoken language effectively. This short video contains good practice examples.
Scaffolding children’s language is one strategy to help them develop their spoken language. This video contains good practice examples of ways this can be done in the classroom.
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