These difficulties have significant impact on learning, across the curriculum, and on social communication. Students may, for example, have difficulty in explaining or describing a piece of work; giving instructions (internally to self or to others), answering open questions, story telling/essay writing and joke telling. Difficulties with language choices have been observed in students on the autistic spectrum, students with specific language/learning or more general learning needs.
The Language Choices teaching procedure has been found to be effective in developing skills of language choice making in junior and secondary school aged children. It is structured to enable students to apply and retain learning through a series of enjoyable and varied activity sequences. The assessment guidance will help you to monitor each student’s progress and to evaluate the effectiveness of teaching.
It will also help you to explain the students' difficulties to other members of staff who work with them.
Language Choices builds students’ understanding and use of the skills needed to select and organise language appropriately. It then consolidates this learning in a number of ‘putting it all together’ activities. The content framework is:
1. The concept of choice
2. The concept of important ( ‘best choice’)
3. Introducing topic themes and theme shifts;
concepts of categorisation
4. Sufficiency:Have I said enough or too much?
5. What’s in a name? : Marking reference
6. Putting it all together: consolidating practice
The initial focus is on the spoken word as it has been found that children with special needs learning better with oral/visual activities before extending to the written word. The 'putting it all together' activities include strategies for generalising spoken language skills into creative writing.
In this latest edition all pictures are in
colour and some new material has been added including a story, new
pictures and additional activities. You
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