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Meet the Modules: Speaking and Listening

How do the modules leverage the power of speaking and listening to promote learning?

Created By

EL Education

Topic

  • Curriculum
  • Professional Development

Type

Online Learning

Speaking and listening standards have existed since the onset of standards in K–12 education. What is different about their role in the Common Core is the attention given to student-to-student interactions (Fisher & Frey, 2013).  

In order for students to build knowledge in a discipline, they must read, write, think, and speak about the content they are learning. Students must develop the habits of academic discussion as well as the vocabulary and language necessary to participate in those academic conversations.

Created By

EL Education

Topic

  • Curriculum
  • Professional Development

Type

Online Learning

Speaking and listening standards have existed since the onset of standards in K–12 education. What is different about their role in the Common Core is the attention given to student-to-student interactions (Fisher & Frey, 2013).  

In order for students to build knowledge in a discipline, they must read, write, think, and speak about the content they are learning. Students must develop the habits of academic discussion as well as the vocabulary and language necessary to participate in those academic conversations.

When you change the way students talk in class, you change the way they think. Paul Bambrick-Santoyo

The ELA modules attend to these needs, and have interwoven activities that require speaking and listening in a collaborative manner throughout the modules. Speaking and listening are never treated as separate, or as something to do after learning has occurred. Rather, speaking and listening is embedded throughout each unit and leveraged during the learning process. Students learn both the habits and skills necessary to engage in thought-provoking academic dialogue.

Learning Targets

  1. I can explain the relationship between students’ speaking and listening and their reading, writing, and vocabulary development. 
  2. I can describe how module lessons leverage the power of speaking and listening to promote comprehension for students.
  3. I can identify instructional practices that support the teaching of the speaking and listening standards.

Watch: Strategy: Science Talk

Identify the key instructional and management moves that support student success.
 

  1. What role does evidence-based reading and writing play in supporting students with academic conversations?
  2. How do these practices affect student understanding and comprehension?
  3. What role does assessment play in supporting students to achieve proficiency with speaking and listening standards?

Dig Deeper

Readings

Structuring the Talk: Ensuring Academic Conversations Matter: An article for teachers discussing both the importance of academic conversation and how to provide the necessary supports for students to be successful.
Collaborative Conversations: An article for principals discussing implications for classroom practice due to the speaking and listening standards. 
Habits Improve Classroom Discussion: An article discussing the need to teach the building blocks of high-quality academic discussions.

Download all of these readings from this page.

Discuss

Please draw on the video and readings provided for your discussion.

For Teachers:

  1. Why should students be consistently engaged in academic discussions?
  2. Name several strategies for explicitly teaching academic conversation skills from the video and/or readings.
  3. What is the impact of structured discussion on students’ knowledge, reading skills, writing skills, and vocabulary development?
  4. What adjustments to your teaching need to occur to support students’ proficiency on the speaking and listening standards? (see standards)
  5. How can the modules support those adjustments?  (see sample module lesson plan)


For School Leaders:

  1. Why should students be consistently engaged in academic discussion?
  2. What is the impact of structured discussion on students’ knowledge, reading skills, writing skills, and vocabulary development?
  3. How can you support and coach teachers toward successful teaching of the speaking and listening standards? (see standards)
  4. How can you use the modules to help coach your teachers through the necessary adjustments? (see sample module lesson plan)

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