This has been a very interesting course and I would highly recommend for Teachers and SENCOs as well as for TAs.
a practitioner, 2023, re: Elklan Speech and Language Support for 5-11s
This was an amazing course, it is a shame that every adult working in education does not study it. My tutor, Gill Clarke, was incredible. She explains everything so well and was so knowledgeable and supportive.
Jane Scott, 2023, re: Elklan Speech and Language Support for 5-11s
I have absolutely loved my course, thank you. I have thoroughly enjoyed the content and I found the e-learning great. The resources were wonderful. My tutor has been really super - supportive and always easy to contact. I even had an IT issue and they were great too! thank you
Rachel Connor, 2023, re: Elklan Speech and Language Support for 5-11s
I found the Elklan course really useful and from the training I am going on to the role of speech and language support for the whole school. Due to covid all the training was online, but I found the webinar meetings that were held every week really helpful. It was nice to talk to other practitioners and hear about their experiences. I would definitely recommend this course to everyone.
Kelly Petriello, 2021, re: Elklan Speech and Language Support for 5-11s - e-learning
Having only recently begun my career in early years education, I have found the information and strategies taught by Elklan invaluable. The course, and materials are well thought through and provide the practitioner with tried and tested strategies that undoubtedly help identify and support children who benefit from interventions. The course has helped to develop me as an effective TA, and am confident in the continued support from Elklan and its tutors.
Karl Pedder, 2021, re: Elklan Speech and Language Support for 5-11s
I just wanted to say how much the Elklan course has helped me in my everyday work. I have taken so many amazing skills away from it and have recommended the course to so many people!
Stevie Temperton Mould, 2021, re: Elklan Speech and Language Support for 5-11s
I found it really interesting and useful. I have gained a lot of knowledge which I will be using everyday.
Nicola Cashman - Essex, 2021, re: Elklan Speech and Language Support for 5-11s
Would totally recommend this course. There was so much information included.
Debbie Chilmaid, 2021, re: Elklan Speech and Language Support for 5-11s
Thanks so much - this has been a really enjoyable learning experience. Not always easy on teams so well done for delivering such an engaging course. We are looking forward to rolling out some of the strategies to our whole school team.
Vicki Eldred - Essex, 2021, re: Elklan Speech and Language Support for 5-11s
I have really enjoyed taking part in this course and have found it very informative. I am confident that I will now have the knowledge and strategies to help promote children's communication skills within my setting. I am looking forward to sharing the information with my fellow practitioners.
Sara-Jayne Sims - Essex, 2021, re: Elklan Speech and Language Support for 5-11s
As the SENCo at a large primary school I work with many speech and language therapists, as well as the staff who deliver the programmes they write. The 5-11s course has provided me with a thorough and comprehensive overview of speech and language needs and strategies.
I found the course structure logical and accessible. I also liked the fact that many of the strategies discussed could be used as whole class or group teaching approaches, not just as 1:1 intervention – particularly the strategies around vocabulary and expressive language development.
The Language Builders manual is a great resource, providing clear information and worked examples. An excellent professional development opportunity.
Liz S - SENCo, 2021, re: Elklan e-learning sessions for 5-11s
Fantastic course, I have been recommending it to everyone. The Tutor has been fantastic too, always so helpful. Thank you.
E.Y., 2020, re: Elklan Speech and Language Support for 5-11s - e-learning
My first e-course and I think the interactive slides etc are brilliant. My learners are all very enthusiastic so I think it will be a positive experience for us all.
Susan Lyon, 2020, re: Elklan Speech and Language Support for 5-11s - e-learning
Before I took this Elklan course, I thought I understood a decent amount of knowledge about speech. I was wrong! Now I have had a lot more understanding of some of the struggles the children I work with face everyday.
I returned to work after my morning session on the course and listened to the children in my class. Most can complete tasks without assistance, but some have needed lots of help. I have adapted the way I talk to the children, using shorter and clearer sentences to avoid confusion on their behalf.
I have used old methods of helping children such as timelines with much more success this time. Mind Maps and Word Snapshot were a favourite to use and I enjoyed it as much as they did!
I hope to use this new knowledge to help me be a better teaching assistant and to help others understand just how difficult ‘talking’ can be.
Elaine Gavin, Cheshire re: Elklan Speech and Language Support for 5-11s
The course was probably one of the best decisions I've made in my 6 years as a Learning Support Assistant and I am hoping to do another Elklan course over the next academic year.
I have a son with speech problems so I thought I knew a fair bit about speech and language but this course has shown me how little I actually knew! After completing the course I am now able to look at both my own child and the children I work with from a completely different point of view. I know that what I've learnt on the course will change the way I do my job in the future.
The ability to stretch the course out over 10 weeks was really beneficial as it allowed me time to study each subject and to try and put into practice the skills I was developing. The online e-learning element was crucial to my learning process as it allowed me to choose when I studied throughout the week and to replay elements that I was unsure of. My tutor was always available if I had any questions and was very quick to respond (even over weekends and bank holidays!). Although it was sometimes hard work to balance studying with work and home life, it was well worth the effort and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the course to my colleagues - in fact, I already have!
Faith G re: Elklan Speech and Language Support for 5-11s - e-learning
I would just like to say what a comprehensive course this has been - when you think of e-learning it can be a little daunting but each session has been presented in a way which is easy to access and very thorough. The joy of 'looking' at each session was the fact that you could stop at any time, restart and review anything, it was easy to follow. The Wednesday evening webinar sessions with Jo were also very well presented. She is a very good tutor and made all of us feel very comfortable. It was good talking to the others about their practises and settings in relation to what the topic was each week. The portfolio was also easy to follow and very well thought through and Jo was very quick at getting back to me if I had any queries.
Once again well done for such an excellent course, I will definitely recommend it to others and will look at further courses in the future.
Lisa Childs re: Elklan Speech and Language Support for 5-11s - e-learning
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1. What is communication?
2. Non-verbal communication, developing listening and attention skills
3. Memory and independent learning
4. Modifying adults’ speech to help children understand spoken language
5. Understanding beyond simple sentences and Blank
6. Promoting vocabulary development
7. Encouraging expressive language and narrative development
8. Promoting effective interaction and communication skills
9. Supporting children with unclear speech, and the link between speech, language and literacy
*This is an accredited course and so you will need to actively engage with the training and complete a learning log. To do this you should expect to set aside around 4½ hours weekly.
This will include:
1 to 1½ hours to complete the online session and prepare observations etc. for the live webinar
1 hour to attend the live webinar
1½-2 hours to plan, implement knowledge and strategies learnt and write-up the plan, observations and evaluation in an online e-log
**This is an accredited course and so you will need to actively engage with the training and complete a learning log. To do this you should expect to set aside around 4½ hours weekly.
Further training opportunities
Let's Talk courses for parents and carers
If you achieve a level 3 qualification in Speech and Language Support for 5-11s, you can train to deliver
Let's Talk with 5-11s or Let's Talk with 10-14s to parents and carers of children with speech and language needs in your school. Following a one-day course, you'll be qualified as a Let's Talk Tutor, able to cascade the Let's Talk course under licence.
Communication Friendly Settings (CFS)
Speech and Language Support for 5-11s is an essential first step for your school to achieve Communication Friendly Setting status. If you are a TA, you need to complete the level 3 qualification; if you are a teacher, then you can access the non-accredited e-learning sessions, which will prepare you to complete a level 4 learning log at the next stage.
These courses are ideally suited for you if you have completed an eight- or ten-session core course and wish to take your learning further.
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