The Arc of Vocabulary: Oral Language Links to Comprehension for the Classroom Teacher

By PaTTAN - Judi Dodson Last updated 2024/05/24
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In this PaTTAN Literacy Symposium learning module, Judi Dodson explains oral language’s role in reading comprehension. She examines language development and its impact on reading comprehension and provides meaningful and practical activities that can be easily implemented in the classroom. A printout of the slides is included for future reference.

Curriculum Connection

B1. Oral and Non-Verbal Communication B2. Language Foundations for Reading and Writing B3. Language Conventions for Reading and Writing
This learning module supports the teaching of oral language and explicit vocabulary instruction and their connection to reading comprehension by providing background knowledge and explaining specific activities. 
Grade(s): K 1 2 3 4 5 6
Topic(s): ComprehensionOral LanguageVocabulary
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  1. The ‘science of talk’. So important. Oral language skills still need to be taught, especially as many students don’t come to school with the oral language skills they need to develop reading comprehension. Many practical strategies provided in this webinar that are extremely important in every classroom each day.

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