36 NZ teachers were asked if they thought enough time was spent in classrooms on Oral Language, 22% said yes, 58% said no and 20% were undecided.
These same teachers were asked if they thought that it was more important to teach Oral language for different aged students. 72% answered no, oral language was important for all ages, 22% thought oral language instruction was more important for the juniors and 6% were unsure.
So then, how did these teachers answer the question, 'why do you think oral language instruction is important?"
"If they can't share their voice at school then where?"
"It underpins a child's success in everything they do"
The response that occurred the most was 'to communicate' (33%) followed by 'underpinning every other curriculum area" (14%), 'increasing confidence' (12%) and 'the basis for all literacy' (9%)
Other responses included:
- clarify ideas
- listening skills
- clear instructions
- learn to read
- to discover and understand
- to teach others
- to set goals
- to be able to use vocabulary effectively
- to learn to write.
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