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Record of Oral Language

Observing Changes in the Acquisition

Proficiency in oral language has long been considered important by teachers for self-expression and for communicating ideas. Children who are learning to speak English catch on to the rules by grasping first the early structures, then those of medium difficulty and, finally, those of greater difficulty.

Awareness of features which will allow a learner to master a wide range of structural knowledge about English sentences should help teachers develop more powerful language programmes.

Record of Oral Language describes a technique for recording and assessing change in children's oral language development. It was developed for research studies in young children. Experience has shown that Record of Oral Language helps practising teachers to observe and understand changes in young children's language. This book is directed towards teachers who wish to do this. It is appropriate for ESL.

The digital edition is intended for reference purposes only. Use with children requires a printed copy of this book.

Ages: 5-7 | Pages: 48 | Code: GE0201 | ISBN: 9781869705992

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Marie Clay

For three decades Marie Clay has been acknowledged as a world leader in research on literacy learning, child development and the prevention of learning disorders.

Her early academic work as a child psychologist involved the observation and study of children as they acquire literacy. An outcome of this research was the development of reliable tools for assessing progress with literacy learning and these instruments have been published and are widely used around the world today.

Marie's decision to focus on struggling learners and the resulting development of the Reading Recovery early intervention changed how the education community worldwide viewed these children's chances of becoming literate.

There are many other publications by Marie Clay in the areas of writing, oral language and classroom learning.

Contents

Preface7
Introduction10
1. Administration of the Observation Task15
Instructions for giving the Levels Sentences15
Instructions for using the Diagnostics Sentences24
2. Application31
Guidelines for action31
3. Speakers of other dialects or languages35
4. A final word37
5. Technical appendices38
Linguistic aspects: The development of the Levels and Diagnostics Sentences38
The development research45
References52