Friday, June 22, 2007

How is Oral Language integrated?

36 teachers were asked which areas of their classroom programme Oral Language was integrated in to.

  • 28% responded that Oral Language was integrated into all areas of their programme.
Following are areas that teachers listed specifically:
  • 36% reading
  • 33% writing
  • 28% Inquiry based learning
  • 19% questioning
  • 19% topic time
  • 17% discussion time
  • 14% speech
  • 11% English
  • 8% social studies, science, drama
  • 6% reflection time, maths, technology, social skills, ICT, current events, debates
  • 3% self assessment, visual art, dance, music, health, physical education, religious education, visual language, learning intentions.
Some of the areas that teachers listed are interesting - questioning, discussion, reflection, social skills, self assessment and learning intentions do not really fall into the category of 'curriculum areas'.  Inquiry based learning is currently being adopted through many NZ schools and is supported by the current ICT programmes being run through the country.  Reflection, questioning, self assessment and learning intentions would be important skills to sit within Inquiry Based Learning (IBL).  Hopefully these results show that student talk is becoming more a part of the classroom when IBL is happening and classrooms become more child centred.

Do you have any thoughts in regards to this data?

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Mark said...

Hi Jane

Are you asking for thoughts from New Zealand teachers only?


Jane Nicholls said...

It would be interesting to get an international perspective. Maybe put your country of origin after the comment.