Communication and Language in Schools: New Emphases and New Opportunities for Teaching and Learning?
Keywords:communication, language, teaching and learning, language development, inclusion, curriculum
The relevance of communication and language knowledge and skills in children’s learning and development has now become a central concern for all of those involved in the education of children and young people in Irish schools. At curricular level at least, there is the expectation that Communication and Language teaching and learning will be integral to school experience. The Primary Language Curriculum for children from junior infants to second class is in our Primary schools and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) is currently developing this Curriculum to the next stage to include the senior classes. In a very welcome advance for education at second level, the Junior Cycle Programme for English now has an Oral Language Strand. With these developments, we can say that we now have a renewed emphasis on this area of learning and a context in which to address key issues about communication and language teaching and learning in school.
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