Section 3.2 -
Students should learn how to assess the quality of childrenŐs talk.
Year 7 speaking and listening bank
One of the practical difficulties in teaching talk is gaining access to good models to enable investigation, analysis and reflection. This booklet provides practical guidance on three aspects involved in teaching speaking and listening well:
Key messages from Year 8 English training
This video offers resources for reflection and review, focusing on speaking and listening objectives. The video was filmed at Plumstead Manor School in the London Borough of Greenwich, a large comprehensive school for girls aged 11 18, of whom more than 30% speak English as an additional language. Other useful suggestions for teaching effective speaking and listening can also be found on the website in the Key Objectives bank: Year 8.
The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority
The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority published in 2004 some guidance on teaching spoken English, in a booklet called Introducing the Grammar of Talk. This is designed to support the teaching of the Speaking and listening strand of the National Curriculum for English by examining some of the grammatical features of spoken English and how they compare to those of written English.
Based on ground-breaking work being conducted in UK universities, the booklet sets out new concepts for understanding the characteristics of speech. Because such concepts have not been well developed until now, teaching about talk has presented more of a challenge for many teachers than, for example, teaching writing, where a well developed system of grammatical concepts already exists. This guidance draws on these new ideas, shows how they are already being applied in some schools, and will give teachers fresh ideas about how this important aspect of the curriculum can be tackled.
Sue Horner, Principal Officer for English at the QCA, said of this guidance:
"The national curriculum recognises the ability to speak accurately and clearly as vital skills. Teachers can use ideas from this booklet to help pupils to master these skills. It suggests a new language that can be used to discuss critically areas where students can improve."
Introducing the grammar of talk can be ordered from QCA publications on 08700 606015 (order ref: QCA/04/1291), or downloaded from the QCA website.