9-12 Resources: Listening & Speaking
Building Language Skills
Kids learn best when they are actively experiencing, creating, enjoying and thinking in a positive learning environment. To maximize learning and build vocabulary, it’s important to for parents to incorporate a lot of conversation or dialogue during the experience. Speaking and listening are foundational skills for reading comprehension and writing. Understanding sounds, letters, syllables and words is essential to becoming a great reader. Understanding what you hear is fundamental! So talk it up to improve oral language skills!
Talk It Up
The dinner table, stuck in traffic, waiting for the bus--anywhere is a great place to carry on a conversation. To encourage dialogue, ask a leading question such as, “What do you think of ...?” or “Why do you think that happened?” Avoid questions that require a yes or no answer. Encourage elaboration!
- Teaching Older Kids Conversation Skills (PDF)
- The Family Dinner Project: Conversation Starters for All Ages
- Games for Teaching Conversation Skills to Teens
I’m All Ears
These activities encourage understanding of the sounds that make up words in our English language. Understanding sounds, letters, syllables and words is essential to becoming a great reader. Understanding what you hear is fundamental!