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Language and communication strategies as part of good pedagogy

Language challenges are often considered as part of SEN strategies. However, Daniel Sobel and Sara Alston argue for language and communication strategies rooted in general good pedagogy and offer five easy classroom tips


I was going to begin this article with an example of a student who takes things literally. But, I think all teachers can recognise this a mile off. And, besides, we have known that effective communication between two people stretches way beyond the verbal since the 1970s.

With this in mind, one of the key outcomes of any good education system must be to enable its students to communicate clearly, thoughtfully and with confidence across a range of topics and scenarios.

A child’s ability to understand and to be understood is paramount for good mental health and socialisation. In short, a large part of teaching is communication, both verbal and non-verbal. The use of good communication during teaching is also vital.

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