The revised National Curriculum, introduced in September 2014, has changed the literacy aspects of speaking and listening; it instead talks about ‘spoken language’. The curriculum update says “Teachers should develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject”.
There are not many web sites that are offering help or ideas for how to go about improving speaking and vocabulary but this list of links is a starting point.
Developing Listening Skills
Audio Files from the BBC – There is a fantastic set of audio files available from the BBC, containing stories and plays which are read out for children to listen to.
BBC Stimulus Sound Library – The BBC also have a whole collection of audio resources in their Stimulus Sound Library. They have sound effects such as: thunder on a roof, an alien walking in a swamp, or a milk bottling plant. These resources could be used as a stimulus for a wide range of work, including listening and speaking.
BBC Podcasts – BBC podcasts on a whole range of subjects.
Activities for Teaching Children to Ask and Answer Questions – A critical skill in maintaining conversation is answering questions and asking related, or relevant, questions. This article includes games and activities for teaching children to ask and answer ‘Wh’ questions, stay on topic during conversations and ask relevant questions.
– Hants Local Authority have developed some tips to encourage children to ask questions and think more about questioning.
Speaking Skills Development
Teaching Ideas – Has a range of speaking and listening lessons.