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Speech and Language Support for 11-16s course outline

Session 1:  What is communication?

  • Identify the processes involved in communication.
  • Demonstrate the wide range of communication difficulties.

Session 2:  Interaction, listening and attention

  • Reflect on the effects that styles of interaction have on communication.
  • Discuss listening, attention control and effective support strategies.

Session 3:  Memory and learning

  • Explore a model of memory.
  • Develop strategies to improve learning and memory retention.

Session 4:  Memory (continued) and understanding spoken language

  • Use visual tools to support understanding, memory and learning.
  • Reflect on the importance of non-verbal communication.
  • Explore strategies to help students to understand spoken language.
  • Consider issues pertinent to students learning an additional language.

Session 5:  Understanding abstract language

  • Discuss supporting verbal reasoning skills: inferencing, sequencing and predicting.
  • Practise applying the Blank (Language of Learning) model.

Session 6:  Promoting vocabulary development

  • Discuss how words are learnt and how to choose words to target.
  • Develop a wide range of strategies to promote the learning of vocabulary.

Session 7:  Expressive language skills

  • Discuss techniques to develop sentence structure and the link between oracy and literacy.
  • Consider how to encourage students to identify their difficulties and ask for appropriate help.

Session 8:  Promoting effective communication and social skills

  • Identify skills required for successful social communication.
  • Explore strategies to promote pragmatic skills and emotional literacy.
  • Discuss the impact social communication difficulties have on learning in different curriculum areas.

Session 9:  The link between speech, language, reading and spelling

  • Reflect on the challenge of clear speech.
  • Consider the impact that difficulties with articulation, past and/or present, have on vocabulary learning, language development, reading and spelling.
  • Review phonological awareness.

Session 10:  Linking it all together

  • Learners plan and present evidence of applying knowledge gained across the course during everyday activities.
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